How International Students are Recruited and Tracked

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Last week, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student named Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis tried to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

Up until his arrest, Nafis was a student at ASA College in Manhattan. And prior to that, he was studying cybersecurity at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. How did he get from Bangladesh to Missouri to New York? Who was responsible for screening him? And, more broadly, how are student visas regulated and tracked?

George Trahanis is the international student advisor at ASA College in Manhattan. He is the primary designated school official working with the Department of Homeland Security to help students apply for and maintain status of visas.

Barmak Nassirian is an independent consultant and former associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in Washington.