Immigrats Beware: Be Vigilant against Shady Agents!
Foxing Aspirants – Hoax immigration consultancy agents have been prevalent in recent times. Cases against such shady agents are recorded in numbers. Their main strategy of foxing aspirants includes asking for a hefty amount of fees and later disappears when applications are refused. They are successful in doing so since people lack basic knowledge.
Asian Cases – Cases of such dupes are more than common in Asia, particularly India. The drive for education abroad has led to a rapid rise of an industry with third-party education consultants. Such agents/firms assist students in reaching abroad for higher education in universities based in countries such as UK, US, Canada and Australia. A legitimate agent would usher students to universities that is best for them and in paper-work and procedural compliance as well.
What They Actually Do – A number of students in the past and are still expressing their grief. Vaibhav Mathur, a 22-year old Jaipur student wanted to complete his post-grad from Middle sex University. He subsequently approached an immigration consultant. He was lucky enough to comprehend that he was being foxed before time. “They were constantly pushing for Bedfordshire”, he said. Consequently, he fired the agent and was able to spot a credible agent and will soon leave for Middle sex.
Legitimate Crop – In the consultancy market, there is a legitimate crop of agents. However, a few dishonest agents and firms those ask for soaring fees and vanish when they are resorted to. Many of them frequently forge visa documents—at times with no consent or knowledge of the students. In many countries, if documents are detected to be forged a student can be barred to study for a decade in the country for which they have been making efforts.
Destination Countries – The destination countries have a story as well. One of the very first countries to promote its higher education services to international students on a large scale has a proposed list of education consultants who are associated with an organization. Based on the same lines New Zealand also has some designated agents, while the United States has avoided supporting agents. They have given the power to universities to select the ones they want to work with.
Experts Eyes – An expert on Overseas Education at Boston College, Philip Altbech believes that differing monetary interests may urge agents to force students to choose colleges that are paying them instead of the one that fits best. “The saddest part that these agents are reps of the universities and not students”, Mr. Philip said.
Hence, as an aspirant you need to be very vigilant as these false agents can fox at any step of the process.