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Title Combatting Student Visa Fraud: Top Destination Countries Employ Diverse Strategies
Author Rachael Merola - The OBHE


On April 5, a sting operation resulted in the arrests of 21 people in the US, charged with helping approximately 1,076 foreign nationals obtain student visas under fraudulent circumstances. The arrests were the culmination of a multi-year operation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in which a fake university, the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), was created to lure unscrupulous agents.

This is the most recent example of visa fraud, in which foreign nationals apply for student visas, sometimes with the help of agents, under false pretenses, in order to obtain permission to enter the host country. Student visa fraud is a constant threat in countries that are popular destinations for international students such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

How prevalent is student visa fraud in these countries, and how do they combat fraud without sacrificing attractiveness as a study destination? What role do education providers play in aiding vs. ending visa fraud?

Date 25/05/2016
Region(s) Australia & Pacific Rim, Europe, North America
Countries Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, United States
Theme(s) Mobility
Topic(s) International Students

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