This a sad story. This student’s dream came down crashing at Chicago Airport.
She was sent back to India from Chicago (Port of Entry).
Before we get into the story, here is an overview of process of coming to U.S.A.
- Apply for College
- Get Admission ( I-20 form confirms your admission )
- Attend F1 Visa Interview ( get student visa stamping in the passport )
- Travel to USA. Clear Immigration and Customs at Port of Entry.
Visa stamping gives the right to entry into to U.S.A at Port of Entry. You still have to clear the Immigration and Customs before you are allowed into U.S.A.
So, this person was denied entry at Chicago Airport. Her Dreams were crashed.
She was sent back home. Her dream of studying in U.SA. was crushed.
Her parents should have been shocked to see her daughter come back to India 2 days later after they wished her Bon Voyage.
So, what happened?
Why was she asked to leave the country at Port of Entry?
Before that, watch this video to understand what to expect at Port of Entry
Now, you can read this student’s experience.
Denied Entry into U.S.A
Things didn’t work well for me.
I traveled to U.S.A on 11th August as planned.
I reached Chicago Airport on 12th August, which was my port of entry for Immigration and Customs.
- CBP officer : Where are you going?
- I : Findlay University.
But my visa was issued for Oklahoma City University.
So they cancelled my visa for Oklahoma City University, took my Findlay university I-20 and immediately sent me back to India.
I called the Findlay University before leaving to USA.
I spoke to some one in admission office. It could be Megan or Emily. I am not sure but I spoke to a lady about my admission status.
I told her that my F1 visa was issued for Oklahoma City University and I asked her how to transfer to Findlay University,
She said that, I need to come to Findlay University directly and then apply for University transfer online.
I said the same to CBP Officer at Port of Entry in Chicago.
He then cancelled my F1 visa.
Because of one person gave me the wrong information, ,y dream of studying in USA came down crashing.
I don’t know what to do now.
I have spent 2 lakhs for all this things and everything is wasted. My career is spoiled here. I’m from Hyderabad, India. I’m a poor girl who wanted to study in USA. It’s all over now.
CBP officer called the Findlay University in front me and came to know that there is no one by name Deborah Vantta or Megan Ehora. They have played with my life.
This is what was stamped on my visa in my passport, what do they mean by 22 cfr41.122(h)(3)*(4) of the INA.
Is there is no way that I can enter US again? I don’t know if I should proceed further or not, please help me.
So, that was her experience. Terrible and Sad one. At the same time, CPB officer’s job to keep America Safe. They are the gate keepers.
This is heart breaking story. This student was so close to entering U.S.A to start her college for Fall 2014 semester.
I have to answer the following questions to make sure others don’t run into similar circumstances in the future
- Who should be blamed here? Student or Findlay University?
- What is the Actual Rule and Regulation About University Transfer?
- What is 22 cfr41.122(h)(3)*(4) of the INA ?
- What can be done next?
Being an international student, it’s very hard to know the rules and regulations of U.S. Immigration law.
- It is possible to Transfer University? Yes
- Is it possible to transfer university after getting visa stamping? Yes
But, what went wrong?
- Student must Enter U.S.A
- Report to the First School ( via email or even fax).
- Then Apply for University Transfer.
Refer to the following blog post on how to transfer university after F1 Visa stamping.
The student must report to your school by the program start date listed on his or her Form I-20. Reporting does not have to be in person, it may be via e-mail, telephone, and/or fax.
As with any other F-1 transfer, the student must provide written verification of his or her acceptance at another SEVP-certified school.
If the student has been accepted by another SEVP-certified school with a program start date that is within 30 days of the student’s initial admission into the United States, you must transfer the student’s SEVIS record
As per ICE.gov, this student should have said, she’s going to OCU, then reported to the OCU that she’s arrived in USA. Then apply for University Transfer.
But, things didn’t work that way.
I don’t know about the conversation she had with Findlay University. I hope they told her that clearly what should be done. I can think of 2 ways to give instructions
- Yes, you can come to Findlay after arriving in USA.
- Yes, you can come to Findlay after arriving in USA.
- But, you need to make sure that you enter USA as you are going to OCU.
- First report to OCU.
- Reporting can be done email or phone. Don’t have to be in person.
- Then inform them that you like to apply for Transfer.
I’m not here to debate on who should be take the blame. But, this experience highlights the importance of DSO’s job.
I’m not sure if she spoke to someone in Graduate School, who might know be aware of Immigration Rules.
DSO’s are the right person to speak to about this. Moreover, they should know the how things could go wrong and provide instructions based on that.
I checked Findlay University staff names and I can see both Megan and Deborah.
Looks like she had a bad day.
What can be Done Next?
There’s always a way to fix this or find a solution. But, you need to work with an Immigration Attorney.
Talk to Attorney at MurthyIndia.com. They have office in Hyderabad.
At the same time, I’m going to forward this blog post to Findlay University. I doubt someone will respond to this blog post.
As an Indian student, it takes a lot of courage, effort, time and money to come to USA for higher education.
This is exact same reason, why I have been preaching to do the entire process by yourself. Don’t go with any consulting companies.
When you start to depend on others, you are giving-up on this AMAZING opportunity to learn.
Experience of going through this journey will make you a better person. It just happened to be a negative experience in this case.
I know what it means to be so close to enter into U.S.A and you were asked to leave.
Make sure you don’t mess with U.S. Immigration Laws.
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