14 April 2018
Surge to New Highs. Legislation
Edwin S. Rubenstein
Companies pose as educational institutions
By Bob Unruh
"Visa mills are those marginal educational institutions that provide visas and work permits to foreign students, but little in the way of actual schooling,” explains the Center for Immigration Studies.
The work permits under the Optional Practical Training program “actually give the alien students’ employers a tax break for hiring them instead of comparable citizen and green card students.”
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“These ‘visa mills’ profit from the foreign student tuition and face little governmental oversight when issuing work visas under the program, which is not available to American students,” the senator explained.
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David North at the Center for Immigration Studies noted, “To my knowledge, this is the first time that DHS has been asked by Congress about visa mills and OPT; one hopes that it will stir some interest in DHS about issues long neglected by that agency.”
He previously noted action taken against a visa mill that that had been described in India as “an academic rip-off.”
Grassley said foreign students “contribute to a growing population of non-immigrants who overstay their visas.”
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