Student Visa Fraud
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What Is Student Visa Fraud?
Student visa fraud involves the use of deceit, lying, or fraud in relation to the student visa process. Student visas allow a non-citizen foreign national to enter the U.S. and stay temporarily while enrolled in a sponsoring academic institution. This allows the person to study at the institution and complete credits, usually at a college or graduate school program. The applicant must remain enrolled at the school, and the academic institution must maintain sponsorship of the student during their stay.
What Are Some Examples of Student Visa Fraud?
Some examples of how student visa fraud can occur may include:
- Providing false information on the visa immigration application
- Lying about one’s age or academic enrollment
- Continuing to stay in the U.S. even though the student visa has expired (overstaying a visa)
- Falsifying academic documents (such as number of units enrolled in, etc.)
How Is Student Visa Fraud Punished?
Student visa immigration fraud is a serious violation and can result in some negative consequences. For instance, a person who is found violating student visa provisions may face removal or deportation from the U.S. They may also face a temporary ban from re-entry in the near future.
Also, student visa fraud can have negative affects on the person’s life in other ways. For instance, the person may lose their academic sponsorship, and may lose scholarships, etc. Thus, student visa fraud is highly discouraged and should be avoided at all costs.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help Dealing with Student Visa Fraud?
Visa fraud can involve some heavy legal consequences. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you have any legal issues involving student visa fraud. Your attorney can provide you with legal guidance, and can represent you during any immigration hearings and meetings. Also, your lawyer will be able to provide you with information regarding any updates in student visa laws.
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Last Modified: 10-03-2016 09:49 PM PDT
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