Showing posts with label Study in USA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Study in USA. Show all posts

When a student decides to go abroad for further studies, meticulous planning follows. But after everything seems to fall in place, what if the student is deported to his/her country even before he/she gets a chance to join the college? In the recent past, many students have had to undergo this traumatic experience due to various reasons. In this interview, Harjiv Singh, founder and CEO, Salwan Media Forum and convener, One Globe Knowledge Conference, sheds light on the reasons behind this problem and how to avoid it.

Why are Indian students deported back home? How does it impact them?
We see two main sources of fraud. While the occasional applicant may wilfully fudge his or her credentials to get a student visa, it is clear that the two biggest sources of fraud are shady universities and unscrupulous recruitment agents. Students get caught in scams, often not realising how serious the consequences are until it is too late.
For instance, several months ago, Air India offloaded 19 students in Hyderabad, saying the schools they were about to join — Silicon Valley University in San Jose and Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont — were under suspicion. In June, a real school, the Western Kentucky University (WKU), found that 40 of the 60 Indian students admitted in the computer science programme did not meet admission requirements. News reports said at least 25 of them would be forced to leave the university and thus faced deportation, because student visas are university-specific. Interestingly, in an aggressive effort to attract Indian students, WKU paid international recruiters based on the number of students they brought in.
The impact of fraud on students and their families can be devastating. Firstly, there’s the psychological sense of failure and regret. Secondly, the lakhs of rupees spent on the application process — coaching fees, application fees, exams such as SAT or GMAT, agent fees, visa and travel costs — are wasted. Lastly, deportation is an indelible blot on your immigration record which can permanently damage your chances of studying or working abroad.

Why do several students get stuck at the port of entry in the U.S.? What is the difference between U.S. Visa and the port of entry?
It is important to understand that your visa authorises you to enter the United States, but does not guarantee entry. The port of entry is where you literally enter a country — for example, Los Angeles International airport or JFK airport. At the port of entry, you still have to clear immigration. Regardless of your visa, if an immigration or security official has reason to believe you are entering the country illegally, or with illegal intentions, they are within their rights to deny you entry.
It is important to understand that even after you enter the country, it is your responsibility as a student to “remain in status”.
This means you must always comply with all the requirements for your visa, such as being registered as a full-time student (generally foreign students in the U.S. cannot be part-time), not doing unauthorised work, ensuring your I-20 form is renewed on time, and so on.
Every university has an office for international students that will guide them.

What are the mistakes students make while choosing a university abroad?
I think the biggest mistake students make is to rely on someone else at the cost of doing their own research to decide where and what they want to study. They should not set too much store by rankings and reputation. Seek help during the admission process, but do not outsource your own responsibility.
Also, do not let money decide for you — just because you can afford a programme does not mean it is right for you. Conversely, if you can’t afford a programme you really want to sign up for, that does not necessarily mean it is not meant for you — seek scholarships, ask questions and do not give up.

What can students do to ensure that their college application and studies proceed without mishaps?
There are many good college search engines available these days. Sessions by Education USA, CampusFrance, DAAD and other agencies can also help students to understand the process of going abroad. Seek out official information by referring to the websites of embassies and high commissions, and the universities you want to apply to. This should be the basic homework, in addition to any information you get from study fairs, university-promoted information sessions, study-abroad agents, and so on. If you are applying for a specialised programme, especially at the postgraduate-level, reach out to the university or professor you are interested in, and ask questions about the programme you are considering. It costs almost nothing.

Basic research skills are necessary to succeed as an international student. Think of the process of applying abroad as a way to polish your research skills. This will help you discover programmes and possibilities that you had not thought of before, and are more likely to find programmes that you are really excited about. And you will become better at detecting fraud when something looks too good to be true.

Source:  http://www.thehindu.com/features/education/deportation-indelible-blot/article9094498.ece

US Consulate General In Hyd Issues Fifth Highest No Of Such Visas In The World

The US consulate general in Hyderabad issues the fifth highest number of student visas in the world and the highest in the country, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs Michele Bond said on Friday .
There are more than 200 US consulates and embassies across the globe.
Speaking at a media interaction in the city, Bond reiterated that a large number of Indian students were pursuing their studies at American universities and said that they comprise the second largest community of students in the US with more than 1,32,000 members.
According to 2015 data, visas were given to around 60,000 Indian students by the US mission in the country that year with a large number being issued by the US consulate general in Hyderabad. While absolute figures were not released, Bond said that the US consulate general in Hyderabad “is a winner“.
Further, of the 1,38,000 H1-B visas sanctioned per year across the world, Indi ans are issued a majority of them, she said. “Typically , on an average, Indians get 70 per cent of them (H1-B visas).This year they are already above that with 72 per cent,“ Bond said. The “level of interest“ in visas on account of the hike in fee, she maintained, has not changed.
Apar t from students, Bond said that a vast major ity of Indian travellers enter the US on tourist and shortterm business visas.
While responding to a question on the screening of Muslims entering the US, as suggested by Republican presidential candidate Donald J Trump, Bond said that there is no discrimination while issuing visas to members of the community and that each application is given a “careful and fair“ review.“We are also focussed on making sure that wherever in the country anybody applies, people are being judged against the same standard which is, in fact, the same standard that we apply all over the world. So there is no discrimination, no difference in how we adjudicate our visa applications.“
Touching upon the issue of Indian students deported from US airports earlier this year, despite having valid visas, she hinted at the possibility of a communication gap between the US consulates or embassies that issue visas and the department of homeland security (DHS). “We are working very very hard to ensure that we are in sync with DHS and that we are screening students and every applicant so that there isn't anything that can prevent them from being admitted to the Unites States,“ she said.


Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31809&articlexml=CITY-TOPS-NATION-MOST-US-STUDENT-VISAS-GIVEN-27082016002024
Education in the USA is always a dream and coveted endeavor for many of the students in the India. Decision to study in the USA is definitely a major one and perfect planning should be made part of your approach for this purpose. Your destination country for the studies is definitely not a dangerous country, but being well prepared in advance with some of the valuable tips can translate your academic experience into rewarding. Some of those safety tips for studying the USA are: 

Safety measures for students who study in US

Traveling:

It is always imperative and wise to be alert and observant while moving around in this new place. Your observations of surroundings will give you a sense of awareness. Being alert can keep you away from any unwanted situations. 

Security:

Night is always a time for nocturnal people while most among them can result into threat or danger. It is always good to avoid lonely walks during night at this new place. Crime rate is obviously at high during nights at anywhere in the world. It is our responsibility to be safe during nights though campus police are available at every academic institute or university. Some of the campuses are offering escort during night for the international students through campus police too. It is good to use such services or otherwise keep yourself with the company of groups in the nights during walks without fail.

Valuable Things:

Valuable are necessary to keep in safe rather leaving wherever you want. Crime of theft quite rampant and it is not exempted in the academic campuses too. Nowadays, laptops, tablets, smartphones, wallets and many more are very common possessions for the students. So, keep your valuable belongs always under your control and within the safeguarded place without fail. A theft happened is hard to recover.

Shelter:

Housing is another important aspect for the international students to study in USA. You will have varied options for this purpose in the form of campus dormitory, off campus and some more. It is always safe to keep your doors closed and never allow entry for strangers into it. Use window or door peep hole to find out the visitor and communicate with strangers from the inside of the house only.

Personal Details:

Identity theft is nowadays seen all over the world and this is another important aspect that should be given more concern by the international students in the USA. It is imperative to keep your personal information, credit card details and social security details safe and totally away from stealing by someone. Do not fall for any scams those are intended to dupe you in many forms. Here, it is important to learn for every international student in the USA that they themselves are responsible for their safety through avoiding any unwelcoming situation around.
Interested in studying a good course abroad? Getting a scholarship can make it much easier for many students.
Study Abroad with TOEFL Scholarship


Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced 10 scholarships worth US$70,000 (approximately Rs. 4,445,700) for students with excellent academic excellence. Each scholarship worth US$7,000 will support a range of of educational initiatives focused on helping students.

The scholarships will support TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)  test takers willing to pursue undergraduate or graduate study in India or abroad at any of the 9,000 plus institutes across the globe that accept the TOEFL test. Based on the applications, 100 semifinalists will be shortlisted and informed in August.

Following the announcement, all shortlisted candidates need to submit additional information as desired by September 8, 2015. Winners will be announced in the month of October.

All recipients will receive the funds later this year and they can apply for the fund money only for their academic expenses. The amount will be disbursed to the candidate once he/she arrives on the campus.

Eligibility: All applicants must be Indian residents who have started applying for admissions between June 2015 and May 2016 at any university or college listed in .

All applicants should mandatorily demonstrate proficiency in English language and have a valid TOEFL score. Also, every applicant must have a grade-point average of 80 or higher on a 100-point scale, or a 3.0 grade-point average or higher on a 4-point scale.

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Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/higherstudies/toefl-scholarship-worth-rs-44-lakh/article1-1362206.aspx
Washington: Aiming to attract more students from abroad, including India, the Obama administration has proposed to provide six-year work permit to certain category of foreigners who come to study in the US.
Jobs in US - 6 Years Work Permit Visa


Washington: Aiming to attract more students from abroad, including India, the Obama administration has proposed to provide six-year work permit to certain category of foreigners who come to study in the US.

The move, likely to benefit Indian students the most is being opposed by a top Republican lawmaker. According to new regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, foreign students in science, technology, engineering and maths collectively called STEM would be allowed to work in the US for six years — three years after finishing an undergraduate programme, and then if it is needed, another three years after a graduate programme.

Currently, foreign students are authorized to work for a 12-month period after graduation from a US degree programme. Foreign students graduating from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math degree programmes are granted an additional 17 months of employment.

The new proposals have been submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to which the students in non-STEM category would get work permit for three years if they had a STEM degree.

Given that students from India are mainly in STEM courses, the proposal if implemented would highly benefit Indian students.  However, the proposal has met its first tough hurdle from Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.  In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Grassley said the proposed new regulations, while still being internally discussed, are irresponsible and dangerous considering the Government Accountability Office report issued in March 2014 finding that the programme was full of inefficiencies, susceptible to fraud, and that the Department was not adequately overseeing it.

“Thus, under the proposed new regulation, a foreigners could work in the US post-graduation on a student visa for a total of up to six years, completely outside of the non immigrant employment-based visa programmes, and their associated worker protections, established by Congress,” Grassley said.

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150611/world-americas/article/more-jobs-foreigners-united-state
The programme has been created to broaden opportunities for the students who want to study in the U.S. but lack resources or knowledge, said David Finegold. Pursuing a four-year Bachelor's degree in the United States just got cheaper and easier.
American Honors launched a unique programme which promises to cut down under graduate costs of a student by anywhere between 40 per cent and 90 per cent.

Students selected for the programme will study the initial two years in community colleges run by the U.S. Government after which they can study in any established University or College by transferring the credits.

According to the programme coordinators, they have tied up with more than 55 colleges and universities, including Ivy League institutions like Standford, to felicitate the transfer of students.




“The programme has been created to broaden opportunities for the students who want to study in the U.S. but lack resources or knowledge,” said David Finegold, Chief Academic Officer, American Honors.

“Unlike in India, an honors degree in the U.S. context is about soft skills, ability to learn in cross cultural teams and small classes. This way a strong education foundation is laid for the students. In the U.S. or India, there is a widening gap in higher education between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. This programme will help reduce that inequality for the talented or motivated students who lack the resources.”

The initial two years will not just hone the skills and prepare the students for their upcoming transition, but also give them a fair chance in obtaining scholarships, said Mr. David.

The programme, which was started three years ago for the U.S. and international students, covers various Bachelors courses in Pre-engineering, sciences, humanities, health related fields and others. About 1,400 students from across the globe are enrolled for this programme for this academic year’s fall admission.

The American Honors is also trying to tie up with institutions in the sub-continent so that the selected students can pursue their first year of Bachelors degree programme locally before continuing with the programme in the U.S. from second year.

Interested students can look up for more information or admission process at www.americanhonors.org

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/unique-us-degree-programme-launched/article7305759.ece
7-visa-interview-tip-everyone-should-know

Visa interview is always a crucial part for non-immigrant visas. For any type of non-immigrant visa, it is imperative to be careful and wise to follow some of the helpful tips too. Below are the few tips in this context to be successful with your upcoming visa interview visa Faq's.
  1. It is very common perspective for the visa consular to look into non-immigrant visa applicants as the intended immigrants. So, it is imperative for the visa applicant to convince the consular officer that you’re not an intended immigrant. Applicant should specify the reasons in detail for returning back to home country in a stronger way. Especially, students leaving abroad for education on non-immigrant visas should specify well to the visa consular that they will be coming back for the jobs to their home country after successful completion of the academic program.

  2. English proficiency is another thing that is capable enough to rule the visa interview success. It is always a good step to practice English prior to this interview with native English speakers. If you’re leaving to the US to study English, then it is imperative to explain how the learned English is going to be helpful for you in the home country.

  3. It is highly important for the visa applicant to talk on own rather to bring parents or someone for the interview. Accompanying with someone for this interview can create wrong opinion. Here, parents are allowed for this interview in the case of minor students those are applying for the high school programs. Counselor will ask questions about the funding from the parents with this kind of visa applications.

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  5. Students applying for visa should be more careful here and they should be well equipped with the information about the chosen program and its help for their future career path. Student should explain how the chosen program can be helpful for the future career goals and aims at the same time proving it well that intention is not for the immigration

  6. It is important to be concise and short from your side for the interview. You should keep all your supporting documents ready in a manner easy and quick to verify for the consular officer. If there are any supporting written documents from your side, then make them short and clear in a way time will not be wasted for the interviewing counselor. It will create good opinion on you.

  7. If you’re on a study visa and you have dependents back home, then there is a chance for the visa counselor to ask you about their sustenance and support. It will be very crucial, when you’re the primary source of income to your family behind to you too.  You should come up with reasonable answers in this kind of situation otherwise chances are more to deny your visa.

  8. It is not good or right to engage into argument with consular officer. It is always important for the visa applicant to maintain positive attitude throughout the interview.