Ismail Ajjawi

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Mr Ajjawi mentioned he was denied entry after customs officers examined pals’ social media posts

A Palestinian scholar who was controversially denied entry to the US final month when he arrived to start examine at Harvard has now been admitted.

Ismail Ajjawi mentioned he was barred entry after border brokers questioned him for hours at Boston Airport over social media posts written by pals.

The 17-year-old was admitted on Monday simply in time to begin at Harvard.

The US state division introduced in June that the majority visa candidates had been being requested for social media particulars.

The Customs and Border Safety (CBP) informed the BBC on Tuesday that Mr Ajjawi had overcome “all grounds of inadmissibility and was admitted into america as a scholar on a F1 visa”. The company didn’t elaborate on why he had been denied entry and later admitted.

The CBP declined to touch upon the specifics of the case final month when Mr Ajjawi’s case was first reported, saying solely that he had been denied entry “primarily based on info found in the course of the CBP inspection”.

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Mr Ajjawi returned to Harvard College simply in time to begin courses on three September

Mr Ajjawi’s household mentioned in a press release that they had been relieved on the u-turn.

“The final ten days have been tough and nervousness stuffed, however we’re most grateful for the 1000’s of messages of assist”, they mentioned.

They added that they hoped Mr Ajjawi’s may now “merely give attention to settling into Faculty and his necessary class work”.

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Hamzah Raza, a fellow scholar at Harvard, tweeted an image of Mr Ajjawi on the college.

Mr Ajjawi mentioned his visa was cancelled after immigration officers searched his telephone and laptop computer at Boston’s airport on Friday 23 August. He mentioned he was then denied entry regardless of protesting that he nothing to do with the social media posts cited by CBP.

In June, the US Division of State mentioned it had begun requesting that the majority visa candidates submit social media names and 5 years’ price of electronic mail addresses and telephone numbers.

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The administration of President Donald Trump first proposed the principles in March 2018. Officers on the time estimated that the brand new rules would have an effect on 14.7 million folks yearly.

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