Thursday, 2 March 2017
US Immigration Officials Force Nigerian Software Engineer To Complete Written Test To Prove His computer Skills
US immigration officials forced a Nigerian software engineer to complete a written test on binary search trees to prove his computer knowledge.
Customs and Border Protection officers, took Celestine Omin, 28, into a room for further checks after he arrived at New York’s JFK Airport last week, 24 hours after he set off.
He told them he worked for Andela, a tech start-up with offices in New York, Lagos, Nairobi and San Francisco, which claims to take "the most talented developers on the African continent" and link them with potential US employers.
“He said, ‘Look, I am going to let you go, but you don’t look convincing to me,’” Omin said. “I didn’t say anything back. I just walked out.”
It later emerged that the officers had phoned Andela to verify his story.
Nigeria is not one of the included in US President Donald Trump's executive order barring travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.