How International Students are Recruited and Tracked

Monday, October 22, 2012

U.S. passport, travel (LucasTheExperience/flickr)

Last week, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student named Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis tried to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

Up until his arrest, Nafis was a student at ASA College in Manhattan. And prior to that, he was studying cybersecurity at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. How did he get from Bangladesh to Missouri to New York? Who was responsible for screening him? And, more broadly, how are student visas regulated and tracked?

George Trahanis is the international student advisor at ASA College in Manhattan. He is the primary designated school official working with the Department of Homeland Security to help students apply for and maintain status of visas.

Barmak Nassirian is an independent consultant and former associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in Washington.


Barmak Nassirian and George Trahanis

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Cliff Gaderene from China

Mr Hockenberry invites listeners to consider the higher education/national security nexus -- indeed, did anyone ever doubt that there was one? What was missing from the discussion (tho' it was a good one -- thank you), is the following: Many non-ranking/non-elite public colleges and universities seem so positively committed to "enfranchising" students from the developing world, and to demonstrating their committment to "social justice" and global communitarianism, that they do not consider access to the *American educational product* - never mind a toe-hold on American terra firma - a national security issue in the first place. Federally-and state-funded public colleges have long been in the habit of upping international-student intake - not for the primary benefit of American students and the American campuses - but for the benefit of youth from developing nations; and while any kind of humanitarian aid is, in se, laudable, our nation's colleges and campuses are not the places for it.

Oct. 22 2012 12:19 PM

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