But other challenges also exist.
For Khodaivandy, it has been hard to make Georgian friends and fully integrate into Georgian society. While her language skills have improved, and she feels at home in the capital, Tbilisi, most of her friends are from Iran or are foreigners studying at the medical university.
Part of the challenge maybe her religion. Generally speaking, the majority of Georgians are Georgian Orthodox and for some people, in the country's violent past, Islam and Iran are associated with long years of occupation and brutality.
That means at times, Georgian-Iranians feel more like "outsiders" than "insiders" in Georgian society. For Khodaivandy, the focus on religion can feel forced.
A person's cultural identity should be tied to language and traditions, she says, not religion.
“My family is Muslim, however, my mother’s ancestors were Christian when they arrived in Persia,” she noted.
“Religion shall not define a person... It is not inscribed on our foreheads what religion we adhere to. Striving to be a better human was the core messages that echo throughout our family values. Speaking Georgian with my maternal grandparents and listening to their stories built my Georgian spirit. In fact, such storytelling makes Iran’s Georgians hold on to their roots,” she said, adding that people’s will to remain Georgian is what matters, not their faith.
And, despite the challenges she has faced building a life in Tbilisi, Khodaivandy says she feels at home in her ancestral motherland.
“My whole family is in Iran, including my sister, who is already a citizen of Georgia. However, I am not alone. I know that my mother’s soul is here, where she had always wanted to be”.