Skip to comments.Grassley Examines Lax Oversight of ‘Visa Mills’ Offering Visas to Foreign Students
Posted on 03/27/2018 3:32:22 PM PDT by bitt
WASHINGTON Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is seeking information on a federal program that allows private institutions to manage visas for foreign students seeking enrollment in a U.S.-based school with limited oversight. The program is susceptible to abuse by entities that pose as education institutions in order to secure visas for tuition-paying foreign students.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program allows designated school officials to help foreign students obtain certain three-year practical training work visas. However, some institutions offer little, if any, educational opportunities to tuition-paying foreign students seeking work opportunities. These visa mills profit from the foreign student tuition and face little governmental oversight when issuing work visas under the program, which is not available to American students. Employers also benefit from hiring foreign student over American workers, as neither the employer nor the foreign students is required to pay payroll taxes for the work.
Given all of these financial incentives for students, schools and employers its unsurprising that foreign student enrollment has exploded, while recent American grads are un- or under-employed. Unfortunately, our government has delegated much of the authority surrounding foreign student employment to the very individuals and entities that benefit the most, schools and school officials, Grassley said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
The program creates a perverse incentive for the foreign students, the schools that recruit them and the employers that hire them, all of whom benefit from the program at the expense of American workers and taxpayers. There is no cap for the number of foreign students who can enroll in the program.
Foreign students contribute to a growing population of non-immigrants who overstay their visas. In 2016, more than 79,000 foreign students overstayed their visas an overstay rate nearly three times greater than that of the general non-immigrant visa population.
I know for a fact this has been going on for over 20 years in CA.
It was common knowledge in high tech that if your H1b was going to expire, a road trip to LA and a wallet of $$$$ would fix the problem.
I know people who did it.
Sounds like fraud, why are there not arrests and prosecutions?
Thank you, Sen. Grassley.
Now shut this fraud down.
Most American colleges have lost their way.
Instead of pursuing their primary mission of educating Americans they are more interested in maximizing
the amount of money they can milk from the federal government and from wealthy foreigners.
Wasn’t the father of the muslim soldier killed overseas running one of these mills? Trump criticized him and the marxist media tried to paint Trump as being unsympathetic to his son’e death.
Can't remember why the student made the news. Maybe it was part of BHO's Ebola stupidity.
Any way, a CC importing students???
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