Web Desk (24 News) — A Pakistani Fulbright scholar and graduate student at the Divinity School could not return to the University of Chicago for studies because he was not allowed back into the United States after spending winter break in Karachi.
According to a report, Syed Zia Hussain Shah was departing for Pakistan for winter break when officials at Chicago O’Hare Airport stopped him and asked whether or not he intended to return to the United States. Shah showed the officials his state-funded scholarship and he was allowed on the flight, but he could not shake off the feeling that something was wrong.
Shah was denied despite Pakistan not being in the restricted list issued by Trump administration
His fears were confirmed January 4, when he was not allowed to board a flight back to Chicago. The U.S. embassy in Karachi originally told him to wait four to five days to be issued a new visa, but after four months without hearing from them, he learned that he is likely to miss spring quarter as well.
Shah was refused entry to the United States before President Trump signed an executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries (Pakistan is not included on the list), and Shah does not believe his case is directly related to the executive order. “I don’t blame Trump for this, I blame the system for this, because the system definitely got something wrong,” Shah said.