It started with a tweet.
Paul Gottinger, an American journalist, posted it online and Mahsa Abbasi, an Iranian food scientist, commented on it.
The interaction led to the two meeting up in Istanbul and later, getting engaged.
Gottinger and Abbasi plan to live in the United States. But in order for Abbasi to come here, she needs to get a K-1 or fiancé(e) visa. She applied for one about a year ago.
It's been a long process, they say. They've had to meet in a third country — usually Turkey or Armenia.