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Asean Affairs    8  November  2011

Asian students beware of “university” scams 

  By David Swartzentruber

 AseanAffairs     8  November 2011

 

An unfortunate series of incidents involving students from India is winding its way through US courts.

The case involves Tri-Valley University (TVU), an unaccredited self-styled Christian graduate school, where enrollment surged from a handful of students to 1,500, almost all from India, in a two-year period before federal authorities shut it down in January.

The university's president, Susan Su, was arrested in May and charged with fraud, money laundering, harboring aliens and making false statements. Four others also have been charged in the case.

She is accused of submitting false documentation to get federal approval to sponsor students to the university on foreign visas, and then using it to sell visas to all comers for the price of tuition, $2,700 a semester.
TVU operated from a building in Pleasanton, California that could only house 30 students when it opened in 2008, and yet the university grew by hundreds of students in its second year, according to court filings.

A case working its way through a federal court in California has exposed huge student visa scams by "sham" universities cashing in on Indians and other foreigners looking for a quick path to jobs in the United States.

Enrollment at Tri-Valley University, an unaccredited self-styled Christian graduate school, surged from a handful of students to 1,500, almost all from India, in a two-year period before federal authorities shut it down in January.

The university's president, Susan Su, was arrested in May and charged with fraud, money laundering, harboring aliens and making false statements. Four others also have been charged in the case.

She is accused of submitting false documentation to get federal approval to sponsor students to the university on foreign visas, and then using it to sell visas to all comers for the price of tuition, $2,700 a semester.

When Department of Human Services  agents finally raided the school they found that most of its students were dispersed around the country, holding jobs under the visa program's work-study provisions.

The residence where the university said more than half its students were living turned out to be a single apartment, according to the filings.

The case is being termed an outright “visa scam” by the US State Department. So far, 435 of the students have been approved to be allowed to transfer to other universities, but the status of more than 900 others is still in doubt.

In 2009-2010, there were 105,000 Indian students in the United States, about 15 percent of the total international students here, according to a report by the Institute of International Education. Only China, with 128,000, had more.

Asian students should be aware of such scams. The first thing to note is if a US university is accredited by recognized accrediting agencies in the US. If not, beware. Accreditation information can easily be found on web sites or by direct enquiry to the institution.






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