Reports of Students Deportation have calmed down in recent days. It’s not over, but Spring 2016 colleges have started, and volume of students entering the USA will pick up for Fall semester. I have to assume that, we may see more “denial of entries” at the U.S. Port entry this July and August months.
But, I have to ask this questions to readers: Who is responsible for Deportations: Authorities or Students Themselves?
Before we get into this discussion, I want to give few pointers
The goal of this article is to have an open and honest discussion. I spoke to few students who were denied entry into the USA at various Port of Entry.
Few students reached out to me via email, and I had a discussion with them as well.
Then, one reader wrote the following opinion about this entire SVU, NPU, Denial of Entry and he wanted to use Happy Schools Platform to create awareness of what’s going on.
A reader wrote contents between the two lines and edited for clarity and readability.
Well, we all now know how the American System works.
When I first came to the US, my initial assumption of the country and system was just like the concerns expressed by the girl who was denied entry into USA for SVU. But later on, I realized that I am not in India, and I can’t rant about ‘How can they do like that and How can they be like this and all those stuff.’
This is another country, and once we reach here, we forego our fundamental rights which constitution of India granted and we have to realize, and we are supposed to follow the law of the land (in the USA). This should answer most of the questions.
I m not being judgmental but in this case, but, after hearing the conversation, I see a strong reason CBP agent refused her entry. Don’t you think a person who has a Pharma background with work experience, realized that they would now need a Master’s degree in Computer Science to advance their careers and for this purpose, they have planned to join a university like SVU?
When the CBP agents asked her “Why only SVU?”.
Her reply was, “Being a small-sized university, I can have a closer interaction with professors”.
How many people reading this post are likely to agree are this answer?
Do we think this conversation adds up to the real motive of a student who has worked experience and now wants to complete Masters in Technology so that it adds to their professional skill set?
Would we be able to convince the CBP agents on this issue?
Will this conversation make us a good student?
Now, the bigger question arises.
If they don’t allow students entering the USA for NPU and SVU, why do they give visas?.
Before that, you decide to go to these schools, received your I-20 and then got your F1 visa. So, the loop is being started by the students by their choice. I have heard few students conversation and by their conversation, It has appeared to me that none of them did their research about American culture, lifestyle, neither about their career or future.
If the student has done enough research, they wouldn’t have opted for SVU and NPU in the first place. Agree or not, this is the reality. America has thousands of universities, By why only SVU and NPU?
Simple answer, we don’t need to stress our self, Don’t need to pay the fees on time, try to manage classes and exams and within sixteen months, and you can graduate with a degree in Computer Science. Now that was a stress-free education one could ever have. Do you think Will these qualities make you genuine students?
Back to square one, if we do not appear genuine, CBP will have every right to deny entry into U.S.A.
The very first step – University Selection is a major step in deciding your future and career, plus it shows your intentions. When the students are faulting at this very first step, showing aggression or blaming everything around except themselves won’t solve problems.
This Spring 2016, roughly 10,000 students entered into the USA. Almost 9700 students had safe passage, but 300 students had trouble. The Striking point is that nearly 200 of them are from NPU and SVU. These figures are suggesting a trend, a pattern.
To convince a CBP officer, you need to think. Then you need self-confidence.
If you have fake documents and wrong intentions, you can’t put up a bold face. You can’t convince a border agent about the serious intention to study in the USA, when you are going to universities like SVU or NPU. Any such act is just a lie, and we all know that.
And most importantly, I am shocked at the communication skills of few people who are coming to the USA. People who first came to the USA a decade back then entered with better communication skills than students coming now. Ten years later where we are supposed to be hundred times better at communicating in English, the graph only seems to be going down. Now, That supports the widespread assumption Indian students are High in Quantity but low in Quality.
What can you do next?
- Improve your personal skills.
- Improve communication skills.
- Do not take advice from your friends or relatives.
- Take recommendations from university officials. They are always here to help.
Do a lot of research, study a bit of about American culture. By doing so, it will vastly improve your self-confidence which makes you appear better.
It will help you all to opt for the right universities or courses and by researching, you will find answers to each and every question asked by CBP agents.
Do not depend on any questionnaires by consultancies or previous experiences of other students. Each case is a different case.
I believe these present issues about deportations are not because of administration or authoritarian decisions but purely because of attitude problem the present guys are coming with. And unless this approach changes, we can only expect to see the deportation rate going up and chance of improving the skill set diminishes.
I spoke to about ten guys who were deported from Newark in the first week of January and interestingly, none of them were into NPU or SVU but into state universities. After I spoke to them, I could realize the way these guys would have presented themselves at the port of entry. I feel sorry for them with their future cut short, but it might be a chance for others not to take short cuts.
If we have an open debate or discussion on Happy Schools, may be lot more people can pour in their views and maybe the students coming here can have better idea than what they actually get from their friends and consultancies.
What do you think about this opinion raised by a reader? Do you agree or disagree?
Do you think students going to attend SVU, NPU and other such universities are taking short-cuts?