31 Jan How not to enroll in fake and non compliant universities (University of Farmington, University of Northern New Jersey and there could be many more..)
Every year over a million international students travel to the USA for higher studies on student (F1) visa. Please note that student visa is meant for studies and in no means can be used as a ticket to work and don’t entangle in fake and non compliant Universities. Receiving CPT (temporary work permit while going to school), OPT (temporary work permit after completing the degree), STEM OPT (extension to work permit if the degree you pursue is in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.
These temporary work permits are privileges offered by USCIS (US Customers and Immigration Services) and in no way a right to work in the USA for the international students. At the end of the day, you are on a non-immigrant visa and these temporary work permits can be canceled. What definitely guaranteed is education and a degree (after completing the degree requirements). This can be considered a right as you are paying for this.
If you are with a mindset that you only want to study just for the reason of availing these temporary work opportunities (CPT, OPT, STEM OPT), then you have an intention to abuse the student visa and you might fall into trap of fake and non compliant universities like the University of Farmington and University of Northern New Jersey etc. and you will be subject to deportation.
As an international student, it is a requirement that you have to attend classes physically. If a university is offering education/degrees with 100% online classes or NO classes, then it is a red flag. If a university is not following the published curriculum, not conducting any exams, does not take attendance and does not take disciplinary action if you miss classes then it is a red flag and do not enroll in this university. Apply common sense and check if it is a proper university and if anything in the university doesn’t make any sense then get out of this university.
Before you enroll in any university, check for university accreditations in the U.S. Department of Education website. If the university you are planning to enroll is not found in this database, it might not be a valid university.
If a student/education recruitment agency/consultancy promises you a direct admission, then please do not work with them. All a recruitment agency can do is connect you to the university. At the end of the day, it is the university’s decision whether to offer you admission or not. A recruitment agency will not have any say or influence in getting you an admission. It is a good idea to work with an educational agency/consultancy as they might advise you university choices based on your credentials and your preferences otherwise you might have not known. Don’t just go with an agency’s recommendation. Do your homework, check the university accreditations, contact existing students, talk to the university faculty and designated officials. If any of these universities mention that they will offer temporary work permits (CPT, OPT, STEM OPT) without you meeting any requirements then please stay away from these universities. A general requirement to be eligible to apply for a CPT work permit is you that you have to complete one academic year of schooling (although there might be an exception that working in a field related to the degree is a core requirement and one of the objectives of the degree). You also have to complete your degree in order to apply for OPT and your degree has to be a STEM-related field to apply for STEM OPT. If any of these requirements are not followed by a university then you might be looking at a non-compliant university and you might be subject to deportation. *Skoolville.com works with only accredited universities and help students avoid joining in non-compliant universities.
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