Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Watch the Watch Lists Say S Scholar as US Ban Lifted: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Watch the Watch Lists Say S Scholar as US Ban Lifted: News

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A British academic who grew up in Somalia believes he has been taken off a US security watch list after a campaign against his treatment by border authorities.

Nasir Warfa, senior lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry at Queen Mary, University of London, had been denied visas to visit the US for academic and personal reasons since August 2012.

But after an article in Times Higher Education detailing Dr Warfa's plight, supportive letters from American colleagues to the US authorities and the lobbying of a member of Congress by family members in the US, the apparent travel ban appears to have been lifted.

Dr Warfa said that family members in San Diego had been told that the academic's name had been flagged up because it matched that of someone else on a US security watch list.

He described the visa problems as "humiliating" and said that despite being a British citizen he had been discriminated against because of his name.

"What does this mean?" he asked. "That I'm not British? …

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