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    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
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      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
      requirement.

      SEE: "New Law Exiles Roxboro Doctor"
      http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2555092p-2372064c.html

      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.


      ACTION REQUESTED:

      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.

      SEE:
      http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm
      http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/BLISTOFP.pdf

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