Schools like TVU often encourage and even facilitate F-1 status violations by aggressively advertising
significant benefits to prospective students above and
beyond what reputable universities or colleges can
offer. Some students are clearly victims of erroneous
advice from the designated school official (DSO), and
victims of their own ignorance and desire to maximize work authorization options while in F-1 status.
However, others are aware of the questionable path
they have taken but are still willing to take the risk
of falling out of status based on the assurances from
these schools and their friends and colleagues, who
have obtained benefits from these programs.
The best advice in this situation is, of course, to avoid
problem schools altogether. However, when advising
students who already have encountered or are
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"Violations due to unauthorized
employment generally disqualify
the student from reinstatement in
the United States."