Foreign Nationals frequently apply for U.S. student visas in order to live in the U.S. for a protracted period of time, allowing them to cultivate relationships that will ultimately lead to U.S. permanent residence. However, foreign nationals should be especially cautious and ensure they choose legitimate institutions, as students can be unfairly penalized if the school turns out to be a sham, or worse yet, a sting operation orchestrated by the federal government. Sting operations have been conducted by the federal government which launched the fake "University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ)", and now again with the University of Farmington.
If an educational institution is offering enrollment of foreign nationals under conditions that appear too good to be true, then they probably are! For instance, if the school will allow you to enroll without attending any classes, the school is almost unequivocally a sham. If the Designated School Official (DSO) is being evasive in answering your questions about the legitimacy of the institution, call our law firm and discuss the matter with us.
For more information on the recent news story concerning a fake university that was set up by the federal government to catch lawbreakers, see https://www.npr.org/2019/01/31/690260797/homeland-security-created-a-fake-university-in-michigan-as-part-of-immigration-s