Melbourne Schoolboy Denied Entry Into US For School Camp
A Melbourne schoolboy denied entry into America under the controversial "Muslim ban" is hopeful Australia will be able to work out a deal so he can still go to "space camp".
Dual Australian-Iranian citizen Pouya Ghadirian, 15, says he has been in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and thinks there is "some hope".
"I hope the government does help to do what it can to uphold my rights as an Australian citizen," the Melbourne High School student told reporters on Monday night.
"To not be able to go to the United States devalues my passport and my rights as an Australian citizen.
"It's all a political matter, but hopefully the government can sort out an arrangement with the United States and make sure Australia is part of that list of countries where dual citizens can still go to the United States."
Pouya believes he might be the first Australian declined entry into America as part of President Donald Trump's controversial "Muslim ban".
He is "gutted" after being knocked back for a US tourist visa as he will miss out on his dreams to go to "space camp" in Alabama in March.
Pouya was born in Australia but holds dual Iranian-Australian citizenship by descent.
He says he cried after his interview at the US Consulate in Melbourne on Monday morning, when "shocked" officers were forced to decline his school trip to visit Orlando, Washington, and the US Space & Rocket Center in Alabama.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted for comment.