N.C. MUSLIM PHYSICIAN GRANTED NEW VISA
- N.C. MUSLIM PHYSICIAN GRANTED NEW VISA
Respected doctor was denied re-entry over immigration technicality
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/2/03) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), a
Pakistani physician working in North Carolina will be allowed to
return to the United States after being denied re-entry and sent back
to Pakistan earlier this month because he failed to abide by a little-
known immigration registration policy.
Dr. Shahid Mahmood, a respected family practitioner working in an
underserved area of North Carolina for more than four years, told
CAIR he had an interview today with American officials in Pakistan
and was told he will be issued a new visa within a week, allowing him
to return to the United States and go back to work.
"We are pleased that Dr. Mahmood will be able to resume to his
practice serving poor and elderly patients in North Carolina and we
thank all those who called, faxed or e-mailed elected officials
seeking his return," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This
incident points to the need for better dissemination of information
about new immigration policies that can so negatively impact the
lives of hard-working, productive members of our society." Mahmood's
family today thanked CAIR for its assistance in resolving the case.
Dr. Mahmood was returned to Pakistan May 11 after coming back from a
two-week trip to that country. He was denied re-entry at Washington
Dulles International Airport despite the fact that he had been told
on departure by airline personnel there was no registration
SEE: "New Law Exiles Roxboro Doctor"
According to the new immigration policy, anyone who went through the
recently-completed Special Registration program must provide notice
of departure from and re-entry into the United States. The policy
states: "Nonimmigrants who must follow these special procedures will
also have to use specially designated ports when they leave the
country and report in person to an immigration officer at the port on
their departure date."
CAIR has received a number of complaints similar to that of Dr.
Mahmood and is requesting that anyone denied re-entry file an
incident report form. Report forms are available for download at:
http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/Incident_Report.doc, or by calling
202-488-8787. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group,
has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.
1. Make dua'a for Dr. Mahmood's safe return.
2. Go to the following links to educate yourself and others in your
community about the new departure registration requirements.
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