Sham universities exploit foreign student visas, draw scrutiny of federal investigators
Posted on January 29, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – Federal investigators are cracking down on what they say are sham universities that exploit the visa system for foreign students.
At least half a dozen schools have been shut down or raided by federal authorities in recent years over allegations of immigration fraud. Like Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, California, they had obtained permission from immigration officials to admit foreign students.
But investigators say most offered little or no instruction or didn’t require all students to attend classes, instead taking advantage of the visa system for profit.
Government watchdogs say the recent visa fraud cases have exposed gaps in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement oversight of schools that admit foreign students — a problem the agency says is being corrected.
Experts say they also hurt the U.S. higher education system’s reputation.
For more news and updates, assistance with your visa needs or for a Free Assessment of your profile for Immigration or Work Visa’s just visit www.y-axis.com