The six-girl team and their chaperone completed their journey just after midnight from their hometown of Herat, Afghanistan, to enter their ball-sorting robot in the three-day high school competition starting Sunday in the US capital.
Twice rejected for USA visas, an all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan arrived in Washington early Saturday after an extraordinary, last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump. "We applied again for the USA visa and we were rejected again".
It took intervention by President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump to reverse the initial visa rejection.
The competition's organizers noted that 163 teams from around the world had gained visa approval, including other Muslim-majority nations like Yemen, Libya, Morocco, as well as Gambia, which was also previously barred.
However, it soon came to light that the six were denied a visa to enter the USA, despite working tirelessly to do so.
However, when Trump came to know about the case, he intervened and chose to grant the visas to the girls. The young engineers will be allowed entry under a protocol known as "parole", in which they will not be given formal visas but can remain in the United States for no more than 10 days. Several years ago, Shaheen said, 12 female university lecturers won scholarships to obtain master's degrees in economics in Germany.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Twice rejected for USA visas, an all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan arrived in Washington early Saturday after an extraordinary, last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump.
Competing against entrants from more than 150 countries, the girls will present a robot they devised that can recognize blue and orange and sort balls into correct locations. "Go girls!", tweeted U.S State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. "They are future leaders of Afghanistan and strong ambassadors for their country".
The girls go to three different high schools in Afghanistan and will be traveling with their team manager, Alireza Mehraban.
Mehraban said it had been especially hard to find girls in deeply conservative, war-torn Afghanistan whose families would allow them to take part.
Mehraban says: "It's a happy moment for our team". The decision by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services means the six girls from the war-torn country will be allowed in, along with their chaperone, so they can participate in the competition.