Record # of Visas Issued to US-Bound VN Students in FY14

In fiscal year (FY) 2014, US Mission Vietnam, i.e., the Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, issued a record 14,822 student (F-1) visas to Vietnamese students, according to the US State Department's annual report (204 KB PDF download). This is the largest ever one-year numerical increase for Vietnam while … Continue reading Record # of Visas Issued to US-Bound VN Students in FY14

US International Student “Market Share” Steadily Eroding

According to the 2014 Open Doors report, released by the Institute of International Education, there are 886,052 international students in the US, which makes it the world's leading host.  (There are now a total of 1.13 million F & M students studying in the US, according to the 2/15 SEVIS quarterly update.  That includes all … Continue reading US International Student “Market Share” Steadily Eroding

Of US-Based Visa Mills, Diploma Mills & Other Rogue Providers

Government watchdogs say the recent visa fraud cases have exposed gaps in ICE's oversight of schools that admit foreign students - a problem the agency says is being corrected. And experts say the scams hurt the reputation of the U.S. higher education system, which currently enrolls about 900,000 foreign students. "Fake Colleges Attract Attention From … Continue reading Of US-Based Visa Mills, Diploma Mills & Other Rogue Providers

The Student (F-1) Visa As a One-Way Ticket (To Emigration)

Let's face it - some international students are using the F-1 as a relatively easy way to emigrate.  This is one of the reasons why the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is classified as a high fraud post, in addition to issues with the Fiancé(e) (K-1) visa.  In other words, said … Continue reading The Student (F-1) Visa As a One-Way Ticket (To Emigration)

The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations

Below is an excerpt from a 10 September 2014 ICEF Monitor article about an excellent Brookings Institution study of international student flows to the U.S. with detailed information and useful analyses.  Start with the article and, when you have time, print off and read the entire report.  I'll be back soon with an analysis of … Continue reading The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations

Xin visa du học mỹ: Dễ hay Khó?

The English version of this article about the US student visa process, entitled The US Student Visa: It’s Not Rocket Science!, appeared last year on my blog.  Here is the Vietnamese version, which was published by Study in the USA in its Vietnamese language magazine and on its website.  (Photo courtesy of Study in the USA.) Bạn … Continue reading Xin visa du học mỹ: Dễ hay Khó?

Vietnam (Still) Ranks 8th Among All Sending Countries

SEVP releases quarterly report on international students studying in US WASHINGTON – “SEVIS by the Numbers,” a quarterly report of international students studying in the United States, was released Tuesday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The report is based on … Continue reading Vietnam (Still) Ranks 8th Among All Sending Countries

U.S. Student Visa Update: Upward Trend Continues

According to the latest figures from the US Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, a record 10,867 F-1 (student) visas were issued in Fiscal Year 2013, which ended on 30 September 2013.  That represents a 5%  increase over FY2012.  As you see from the chart below, the take-off phase, which reflects the rapidly expanding … Continue reading U.S. Student Visa Update: Upward Trend Continues

Five-Minute Glass: What Our Government Sees When It Looks Out the Window

Below is an excerpt from a recent article written by Daniel H. Garrett, a former US Department of State foreign service officer and currently a senior associate at The Asia Institute.  I am posting it because it offers an insider's view of the work of US consular officers, including student visas.   In addition to … Continue reading Five-Minute Glass: What Our Government Sees When It Looks Out the Window

Corruption Sans Borders: U.S. Visas for Sale in Ho Chi Minh City

Say it ain't so, Mike!  Michael Sestak, the former NIV (Non-Immigrant Visa) chief in the US Consulate General in HCMC, got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  To paraphrase a verse from the The Good Book:  greed and arrogance goeth before a fall.  Apparently, his generous foreign service officer salary and the various goodies that … Continue reading Corruption Sans Borders: U.S. Visas for Sale in Ho Chi Minh City