In early June, Wall Street Journal published a highly-circulated article stating that the number of international students caught cheating in US colleges and universities in the 2014-15 school year was 5.1 in 100, while the number for domestics students was 1 in 100. The article then went into a list of reasons why international students are more likely to cheat, cheating tactics and strategies, and why schools are turning a blind eye. However, these numbers are problematic, as WSJ touches on in their article, and this statistic is not representative of international students in general, which this article will explain shortly.
New York Times recently ran an article exposing the degree mill empire. These are companies that sell fraudulent college degrees to patrons. Axact, a Pakistani company with over 2,000 and a highly respected status was recently exposed as a degree mill empire with 370 fake college websites posing as legitimate schools offering legitimate degrees. Patrons can purchase degrees from these fake schools and present them falsely as authentic credentials.Businesses and companies that hire foreign employees are at particular risk of accidentally hiring someone with false credentials. This is because US employers don’t tend to be familiar with colleges and universities in other countries. Also, because of the vast discrepancies between educational systems across the world, it is hard for lay persons to tell whether something is simply different or actually fraudulent.For this reason, before hiring someone – be it a foreign employee or someone from the country your business is based in – have their credentials evaluated. There’s no point in missing out on skilled workers from around the world because of a few bad apples. Since you’ll need to get a credential evaluation for a visa petition anyway, it pays to do it early on before committing to the entire petition process. That way, you’ll have your employee’s credential evaluation ready when it comes time to submit your visa petition, and you’ll know right away whether or not their education is authentic. It’s international education experts who evaluate foreign degrees for US equivalence. These experts are familiar with colleges and universities in other countries and can discern the difference between something that’s just a different educational system or structure, and what’s actually fraud.]]>
th, 2015, certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders in the United States will be eligible to seek employment in the United States during their stay. These are the spouses of H-1B visa workers who seek lawful permanent resident status based on employment.A big reason H-1B workers decide to pull out of their jobs in the US and go to work in other countries with more progressive immigration policies is because their spouses can’t work. This puts both economic and emotional strain on H-1B families. Spouses often come to feel isolated and lonely, and the family is forced to survive on a single income. This is a leading cause for H-1B workers to quit, which puts hardship on the companies that hired them. With this new policy, these burdens will be taken off of H-1B families and the companies that sponsor their visas.Allowing H-4 spouses to work while their family seeks lawful permanent will also help the family integrate into life in the United States. ]]>