Showing posts with label safety tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label safety tips. 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
Scheduling GRE test is very crucial factor for the students those are intended to pursue studies in the abroad. It is always a wise step to follow some ideal factors here to decide on your GRE test schedule:

Guidelines for when to take your GRE exam

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  1. Deadlines of Applications:

    Your chosen universities and college application deadlines will be dictating factor here to a certain extent to decide on the GRE test date or schedule. It is imperative for you to attach your test scores with the applications. So, plan your GRE test date in a way you can receive the test score to add up with the applications.

  2. Processing Time of Test:

    Writing test is currently part of your test taking procedure, which is making results serving procedure little delayed unlike earlier. Quantitative and verbal sections evaluation for scoring will take a certain time. Now, it is taking approximately 15 days from the date of test to declare the GRE score. These score reports will be sent out to your mentioned universities by that time. So, synchronize and plan your application deadlines and score receiving dates perfectly well and suitable for your admission success needs.

  3. Score Achieving Confidence:

    It is another important aspect that requires close attention of yours while scheduling your GRE test date. If you’re confident about taking test and securing better scores, then you can plan it within tight schedules. Otherwise, it is wise to take your test little early in a way you can appear for the test once again, when the scores are not up to the expectations. It is allowed to retake the test with a gap of 21 days and it is considered up to 5 times in row for a year.

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  5. College Course Work Conflicts:

    It is very commonly happens for many students to take GRE test while pursuing their college too. In fact, it is not wise here to bring conflict to your regular course works through considering GRE by that time. Also, sometimes such things can add up well to your GRE test studying too. You should plan this according to your convenience and based on the course work taken up. Make it sure that there will be no conflict to any of the study.

  6. Popular Time:

    It is very often suggested as best time to take GRE test is during the months of October, November and December. Very commonly, many students tend to take this test during fall or late fall to accommodate well with their applications deadline. During this period, you will find it hard and tedious to get a slot to take the test. So, plan during mentioned months while the slots are easily available and you can take test with no pressure.
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.