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Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by OpssonD1: 10:00am On Mar 01, 2017
Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban and the ensuing heightened security procedures for travelers from outside the U.S. have caused a great deal of trouble for visitors to the country.

On Sunday, though, things got taken to the next level when the Customs and Border Protection office reportedly claimed its latest victim: 28-year-old Celestine Omin, who was traveling from Lagos, Nigeria on business.

Omin, a software engineer at Andela — a tech startup that connects developers in Africa with U.S employers — had a particularly unwelcoming reception when he deplaned at John F. Kennedy Airport and was given a test to prove he was actually a software engineer.

A LinkedIn post detailing Omin's challenging experience explained that upon landing in New York after spending 24 miserable hours on a Qatar Airways flight, he was given some trouble about the short-term visa he obtained for his trip.

According to the post, an unprepared and exhausted Omin waited in the airport for approximately 20 minutes before being questioned by a Customs and Border Protection officer about his occupation. After several questions were asked, he was reportedly brought to a small room and told to sit down, where he was left for another hour before another customs officer entered and resumed grilling him.

"Your visa says you are a software engineer. Is that correct?" the officer reportedly asked Omin. After verbally confirming his occupation, Omin was given a piece of paper and a pen to test his knowledge as a software engineer.

Omin was instructed to answer the following questions:
"Write a function to check if a Binary Search Tree is balanced."

"What is an abstract class, and why do you need it."

According to the LinkedIn post, Omin who has over seven years of experience in his department, was seriously sleep deprived and emotionally flustered by this point. Thus, he felt the questions were "opaque and could have multiple answers." In fact, to him they looked suspiciously like the officer simply Googled, "Questions to ask a software engineer," which he addressed in comments on his Twitter account.

Once Omin was released from the airport, he learned that U.S. Customs even called his employer, Andela, along with New York based firm and client First Access for additional questioning.

Christina Sass, co-founder of Andela, reportedly received the call about Omin, and explained this was the first time any of Andela's engineers have been grilled with questions specific to software engineering.

"Celestine was the first software engineer at one of the most visible e-commerce sites in Africa and is exactly the kind of person we want coming to America and sharing his skills," said Jeremy Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Andela.

"Tapping into brilliant minds like Celestine’s is a huge help to many American companies who are struggling to find talent," Johnson told LinkedIn. "We want to make sure that our team members around the world know what to prepare for and don’t get unnecessarily hassled for their work."

For fear of similar roadblocks taking place in the future, Johnson reportedly reached out to Customs and Border Protection to seek additional information surrounding the mishap with Omin's work visa.

http://mashable.com/2017/02/28/software-engineer-jfk-detained-questioning/#1lv_jPFj.5qw
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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by fuckingAyaya(m): 10:04am On Mar 01, 2017
if na lala na snake test them go give am inside the room

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by OpssonD1: 10:05am On Mar 01, 2017
fuckingAyaya:
if na lala na snake test them go give am inside the room
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... My hand no dey...

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Mcowubaba: 10:05am On Mar 01, 2017
I wonder what questions the will ask a Muslim porns.tar grin

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by OpssonD1: 10:07am On Mar 01, 2017
Mcowubaba:
I wonder what questions the will ask a Muslim porns.tar grin
Una don start again

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Donald3d(m): 10:09am On Mar 01, 2017
I am i the only one who loves how the americans were apologizing to him

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by OpssonD1: 10:11am On Mar 01, 2017
Donald3d:
I am i the only one who loves how the americans were apologizing to him
They had to. It's very insulting to say the least.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by enigmatique(m): 10:20am On Mar 01, 2017
As @lordbanks said on Techcabal's Radar, are they making artistes sing?

Furthermore, are they making pastors pray? Or testing lawyers in moot courts? Or making athletes do their thing?

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by OpssonD1: 10:33am On Mar 01, 2017
enigmatique:
As @lordbanks said on Techcabal's Radar, are they making artistes sing?

Furthermore, are they making pastors pray? Or testing lawyers in moot courts? Or making athletes do their thing?

I see your point. It makes no sense at all.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Donald3d(m): 10:47am On Mar 01, 2017
OpssonD1:


I see your point. It makes no sense at all.
grin grin grin
Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Nobody: 11:04am On Mar 01, 2017
Amazing interview. Hope he would be offered a full-time employment in US grin grin

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Samexdx(m): 11:05am On Mar 01, 2017
I dont see anything wrong in what they did

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by olaolulazio(m): 11:05am On Mar 01, 2017
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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Firstcitizen: 11:05am On Mar 01, 2017
Nothing new here. It is standard procedure in some other EU airports to check that you are what you say you are.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by koladebrainiac(m): 11:05am On Mar 01, 2017
awww funniest thing is that some IPOB are the many immigrants that voted for him .they will all get served by Don TRump travel BAN.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Osama10(m): 11:05am On Mar 01, 2017
sad sad sad
Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by dadebayo1(m): 11:06am On Mar 01, 2017
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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by tensazangetsu20(m): 11:06am On Mar 01, 2017
Mcowubaba:
I wonder what questions the will ask a Muslim porns.tar grin
Mia Khalifa comes to mind.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Allwility: 11:06am On Mar 01, 2017
Outrageous!

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Nobody: 11:06am On Mar 01, 2017
I know the dude now, he is a friend and a great programmer on nairaland too.
I am glad he was able to pull through, that question is a very vague one indeed.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by happney65: 11:06am On Mar 01, 2017
I don't think this is about Trump. .The officers at the point of entry might have seen something about him that bothered them..it is a routine check..Stuffs like this have being on even before trump..

Note..I am not a Fan of Trump,just laying out the facts

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Mayydayy(m): 11:06am On Mar 01, 2017
I love this.there is nothing wrong in it.
We like to argue based on what we think we know.
Its a natural thing.
He should prove he is a software Engineer.
Period.
He should be able to do that with confidence and pride.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Speedyconnect5: 11:07am On Mar 01, 2017
god pls save my folks
Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by BangorNGR: 11:08am On Mar 01, 2017
I once watched a program where they said Fela applied for a visa at an embassey and they told him to prove he is a musician by performing a musical note he was given with his band. Well Fela studied music so it was easy for him. you can imagine them telling olamide to read a musical note lol.

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Lanretoye(m): 11:08am On Mar 01, 2017
if I were him,I would simply say "they've not taught us that one"

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Nobody: 11:09am On Mar 01, 2017
Hmmm, Trump and his ban sef
Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Nobody: 11:09am On Mar 01, 2017
Lanretoye:
if I were him,I would simply say "they've not taught us that one"
and you will land straight in kiri-kiri before you can blink an eye-lid. . .

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Nobody: 11:10am On Mar 01, 2017
Lanretoye:
if I were him,I would simply say "they've not taught us that one"
Hehehe, na go u dey go be dat

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Luvdk(f): 11:11am On Mar 01, 2017
Poor boy cry

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by Kobicove(m): 11:11am On Mar 01, 2017
I wouldn't blame the customs officials...they hear all kinds of lies on a daily basis

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Re: Nigerian Software Engineer given test to prove he is an engineer at JFK Airport by LastSurvivor11: 11:13am On Mar 01, 2017
Me wey b home base..
Where America wan see me question shocked

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