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Top Tips for J-1 Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

The J-1 visa is a temporary exchange visa (more information on the State Department’s J-1 website), and it’s very commonly used for students to come to the U.S. in the summer to work and travel. The Irish Voice put together a list of tips for Irish students taking advantage of these exchanges….but the advice is […]

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Do Some Research Before Relying on an Agent

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 10:58 am

As much as we hate having to share cautionary tales, they do teach us what sort of scams to look out for.  Bloomberg published a long article about the use of recruiting agents in China, and how it can result in students being overcharged and led into bad situations. I’m sure this isn’t the case […]

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How Tri-Valley University Happened

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 5:44 pm

For anyone who has been following the case of Tri-Valley University, The Chronicle of Higher Education has an in depth report on how a so-called “sham university” managed to get on the list of SEVIS-approved schools…and whether other schools in the U.S. may also be operating on the fringes of the law: Other colleges—most of […]

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The Cautionary Tale of Tri-Valley’s ‘Sham University’

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

On January 20, Happy Schools blog reported receiving this email: I recently joined Trivalley University 1 week back and took a CPT I20. I was on OPT extension before this. I heard the news that there was a raid on Tri Valley University. What should I do now? This student was one of about 1,500 […]

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by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 11:04 am

I just received an email with the very blaring subject line “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON USA GREEN CARD VISA.”  If I was hoping to get a U.S. visa, I would be excited to receive such an email.  However, it’s very obviously a scam and you should not fall for an email like this. See the […]

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A Cautionary J-1 Visa Tale

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

The Associated Press investigates how some businesses take advantage of college students who come to the U.S. on J-1 temporary visas.  They find some truly horrifying stories of students who have ended up living in homeless shelters or ended up working in strip clubs.  It’s a cautionary tale that should remind you, as we’ve said […]

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