The following story has just emerged about a Nigerian software engineer who was made to answer computer engineering questions at New York’s JFK airport, as a way of testing the validity of his work visa to enter the U.S. This is a bizarre and untested way of confirming the validity of a visa, a product of the new “Wild West” of U.S. immigration policy.
It is troubling because it targets a highly skilled professional with the ability to fruitfully contribute to the American economy and human capital. To have been hired by this American firm, Celestine Omin must have valuable IT acumen. To impede his work for a U.S. company is a detriment to the American IT sector, the spread of knowledge across borders, and the millions of consumers who benefit from IT development. The story is below.
US immigration officials force Nigerian software engineer to complete written test to prove his computer knowledge
It looked to him like someone with no technical background Googled something like: ‘Questions to ask a software engineer’