When 33-year-old Syrian native Ahmad won the diversity lottery and a chance to get a visa to the United States in May 2018, he was in disbelief.
It was his third attempt applying for the Diversity Visa Program, which gives up to 50,000 people a chance to apply for a U.S. green card every year.
But Ahmad is among thousands of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens whose lives were affected by former President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban.”
The ban barred entry into the country for citizens from several Muslim-majority nations.
Despite President Joe Biden’s decision to reverse the ban, rights advocates and immigration experts say the policy continues to have a lingering effect.