Finnish scholar's visa ordeal continues

The case of Veli-Matti Karkkainen
A Finnish theologian, forced by U.S. immigration officials to leave the country despite holding a tenured professorship at Fuller Theological Seminary, is back at the California campus after only six weeks’ absence. Whether the scholar can become a permanent resident, however, is uncertain, said a lawyer who called the dispute with government officials “a sad political fight.”

The case of Veli-Matti Karkkainen, a multilingual and prolific scholar in Pentecostal and ecumenical studies, sparked dismay among educational leaders, including those at Fuller (by far the largest U.S. seminary, with more than 4,000 students).


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