July-August 2013

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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 J ULY/ A UGUST 2013 ILLUSTRATION BY BRADLEY AMBURN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM "Violations due to unauthorized employment generally disqualify the student from reinstatement in the United States." 21

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