Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed that newly enrolled international students on fully online courses will "likely not be able to obtain" F-1 or M-1 visas, to the dismay of many in the sector.
As reports reveal another 90 international students impacted, lawyers claim some were duped into violating immigration rules in "pay-to-stay" scandal in Detroit, MI. Meanwhile, six of the recruiters are sentenced to jail.
Speaking with The PIE News , educators, agents and accreditation bodies have said the arrests of 21 education counsellors for visa fraud earlier this month highlights the need for due diligence on both sides of the recruitment process.
A cross party group of US senators has proposed new legislation to stamp out student visa fraud, after a government report found serious flaws within the Student Exchange and Visitor Program, the federal body that oversees the student visa system. It would crack down on those who run bogus colleges and increase oversight of unaccredited colleges among other measures.