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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.


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.

Securing admission is nowadays tedious and admission is not enough for your successful academic endeavor achievement too. The biggest hurdle in the process of education is payment. Assistance or scholarship or financial aid is the best practices here to reduce this burden to a great extent. There is a strict procedure and documentation necessity intertwined well in this context. When looking for scholarships, there are 4 options to keep in mind and those are:

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  1. Academic Assistance or Private or Federal Aids:

    Bigger scholarships are always a first choice here for many of the students those are intended to pursue under graduation. Here, your school or college is a best option to avail this scholarship that is available from the academic body or from the private sources or from the federal options. Generally, this kind of scholarship is offered based on the past academic excellence and other achievements. Scholarship board will review the applicants to decide the suitability and eligibility to avail these big scholarships.

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  2.  Financial Aid Options:

    Schools and colleges always keep certain financial aid and scholarship options for the new students every year. These will differ from institute to institute. These options are available at the official website of the college or university. Very often, these options are separated in the form of in-state students and out of the state students and international students. It is imperative to apply for the scholarship based on your status.
  3. Scholarship Applications & Documentation:

    The procedure to apply for scholarship application online at the official website of the college or university is custom made. It is not necessary for the student to apply separately for each scholarship or financial aid option. When it comes to application for FSFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be same throughout the country. Here, it is mandatory for the student to furnish the needed documents or information along with the application besides duly fulfilling the set deadlines in it too.
  4. Financial Aid Necessity:

    It is highly imperative for the applicant to demonstrate well the need for the financial support. Full scholarships are mainly offered to the local students and some will be offered to others too basing up on the exceptional situations. Your necessity for the financial support mentioned in the application will play a vital role here in securing the aid successfully.
Studying abroad may be a dream for many, but it is definitely a best way to acquire multiple benefits by a student through the international education. A foreign nation as destination for your study opens wide vistas for the student to improve their academic skills besides learning more about another culture on the face of this earth.

There are many benefits through studying in abroad and some of those are:

8 more reasons to study Abroad
  1. It is a best opportunity to learn a new language and new culture. This foreign education exposes you to this new language from all spectrums of your daily routine in a way it can be your extra qualification. Language learning is always quick and effective through the considered education at the foreign lands.

  2. Many experts always say that travel helps to improve knowledge. A student opted for abroad education will get this opportunity of travel in a better format than any other. While studying at international location, student will tend to explore surroundings of the new location during weekend breaks. This is a best type of travel experience to expand the knowledge about the way world carrying over around us.

  3. Nearly 6.8 lakh Indian students heading Abroad due to lack of Education

  4. This international education will expose you to different kinds of learning experience and different types of academic skills acquisition. Academic skills vary from one nation to other in this world. A student opted for international education will benefit here more in a way acquiring the better international academic skills besides the kind of academic exposure gained at the homeland. This will make the student a better candidate at the job front and creates more opportunities to excel well at the professional front too.

  5. Friends are always prized possessions in our lives. This education at abroad will give the student an opportunity to have some of the best friends at the college. This could be a blend of students those are from different parts of the world or some from the location of the study. It is always a great learning curve and the best addition to everyone’s life to have such kind of friends.

  6. Studying away from home and home country will make a student more self-reliant. This is a best opportunity for the student to learn more about the self. This self-learning at a foreign country leads to grooming of you into a best professional and best human being in the world.

  7. International education is mainly about learning worldwide trends at the academic as well as professional fronts. This will help you well to understand the worldwide professional trends besides grooming you into a best suitable one for this world too.

  8. Study is all about employment for all of us. Your completed education at abroad will help in better way in this context. It is very common fact that professionals with international academic qualifications seen commonly getting good opportunities at the job front.

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  10. If education is all about acquiring the valuable degree, then abroad education is a best choice for all. The degree awarded from the foreign nations will always hold more value before the competitors of yours those are with local degrees.