U.S. to deport Fuller professor back to Finland

Karkkainen doesn't fit post-9/11 visa definitions
An international expert in ecumenical and Pentecostal studies is being forced to leave the United States at the end of July because he does not fit post-9/11 visa definitions for continuing as a tenured professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, whose status as a legitimate religious institution was questioned.

Veli-Matti Karkkainen holds advanced theology credentials in Finland, received a master’s degree at Fuller in 1989 and returned to join the faculty at the evangelical seminary in Pasadena, California, in 2000. Karkkainen told the Century that INS officials, now under the aegis of Homeland Security, denied his visa in February and his work permit in mid-June, and in late June turned down an appeal to allow him and his family to stay.


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