Update on USF Student Ahmed Mohamed

7 September 2007: Recent media reports reveal that Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif MOHAMED came to the United States on an F-1 student visa, which requires a clearance from the Homeland Security Department.

The F-1 student visa (a/k/a US government form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application) requires the individual to be a full-time student. It remains valid for as long as the student is engaged in full-time studies plus an additional 60 days thereafter.

However, there are two questions on DS-156 which Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif MOHAMED was required to answer either “yes” or “no” to. In section 38 of the form are the following questions: (Click the article title or “read more” above to continue with this update)

–”Have you ever been convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty or similar legal action?”

–”Do you seek to enter the United States to engage in… subversive or terrorist activities? Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization as currently designated by the U.S. Secretary of State?”

Incredibly, Mohamed’s response to these questions would have been irrelevant. In the fine print at the bottom of section 38 it states, “A yes answer to either does not automatically signify ineligibility for a visa…”


Kudo’s to the investigators of this case. According to the first count in the federal indictment against Mohamed, he is charged with Title 18, USC, Section 2339A, providing material support to terrorists.