Former HCMC NIV Chief Scheduled to be Released Today

A Retrospective of Halcyon Days & a Precipitous Fall from Grace Sestak pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to one count each of conspiracy to commit bribery and visa fraud and to defraud the United States, bribery of a public official, and conspiracy to engage … Continue reading Former HCMC NIV Chief Scheduled to be Released Today

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

“As Sestak scandal draws to close, US government gives up on millions”

Living up to one word in the subtitle of this venerable blog, here's some more intrigue for you.  Below are some of the "money paragraphs" from this update.  My guess is the fat lady hasn't sung yet on this bizarre case.  Follow this link to read the entire article.  It's not show me the money, … Continue reading “As Sestak scandal draws to close, US government gives up on millions”

FundsV: The Future of Financial Verification for Overseas Study

Documents that have been in the hands of students are generally not considered official.  World Education Services (WES), a US-based credentials evaluation service Since US consular officers don't have the time or resources to ensure that each and every bank statement presented by US-bound students is checked for authenticity, the best option seems to be … Continue reading FundsV: The Future of Financial Verification for Overseas Study

Financial Document Fraud & Visa Applications

Trust, but verify. (Russian proverb:  doveryai, no proveryai; Доверяй, но проверяй) Documents that have been in the hands of students are generally not considered official.  World Education Services (WES), a US-based credentials evaluation service Yes, dear reader, this practice, which is not unique to Vietnam, continues unabated.  Why?  Because it works in the vast majority … Continue reading Financial Document Fraud & Visa Applications

Student Visa Counseling Services

There’s a new consulting kid on the block. The announcement below, which recently appeared in my inbox, is from a US-based company (I'll call it "Student Visa Company") that is looking for education agents in Vietnam and elsewhere to refer students to their visa counseling service. Visa Problems? A Former Vice-Consul is Here to Help … Continue reading Student Visa Counseling Services

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)