Social Media Question on Visa Application: Yet Another Obstacle on the Path to Study in the USA

Yes, the nightmare proposal related to US-bound international student recruitment has become a cold, stark reality.  Check out this 3 June 2019 update from NAFSA:  Association of International Educators or this 1 June 2019 BBC report about the collection of social media information. The "social media" question has been added to the DS-160 form, the … Continue reading Social Media Question on Visa Application: Yet Another Obstacle on the Path to Study in the USA

Fewer US Student Visas Issued in Viet Nam in FY18

In the 2018 fiscal year, ending on 30 September 2018, US student (F-1) visas issued to Vietnamese students declined by 971, or 5.7%, over the previous year.  Below are the monthly stats starting in October 2017.   October 2017:  275 November 2017:  364 December 2017:  1299 January 2018:  1165 February 2018:  207 March 2018:  207 April … Continue reading Fewer US Student Visas Issued in Viet Nam in FY18

Proposed Change to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

Yet Another Obstacle in the Path of Obtaining a US Student Visa?   Sadly, YES, if this proposal becomes law.  From the horse's mouth:   Section 212(a)(4) of the INA: Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at … Continue reading Proposed Change to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

Visa Issuance Rate as Institutional Selling Point (or Not)

Note:  This post is devoted exclusively to the US student visa for the obvious reason that it has the most irrational and unpredictable process of the top host countries for Vietnamese and other international students.  This is heartfelt advice to US colleagues, especially higher education, who have their work cut out for them these days … Continue reading Visa Issuance Rate as Institutional Selling Point (or Not)

Gaming the US Student Visa System: Easy as 1-2-3

Do you want to emigrate to the US without the muss and fuss of a multi-year immigrant petition that may or may not be approved?  Psst!  Here's a low-cost solution.  Apply to an undergraduate or graduate program, depending upon your educational background, at a reputable college or university where there are not many Vietnamese students, … Continue reading Gaming the US Student Visa System: Easy as 1-2-3