Chinese student visa scheme cheats arrested in California

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 Mar 2019

Several California residents have been arrested in connection with a scheme to help Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring people to take English proficiency exams for foreign students.

Federal authorities allege that those involved used counterfeit Chinese passports to impersonate 19 students who are required to take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exams to get US student visas.

The exams took place over a one-year period in 2015 and 2016 at various testing locations in and around Los Angeles.

Six people have been named in a 26-count indictment handed down in the case.

They include the five arrested on Tuesday and a sixth who currently resides in Taiwan.

This is not the first time such a scheme has been uncovered. Professors at various universities that have seen an influx of Chinese students have complained that these students are unable to handle college-level work in English.

There were 24,387 students from China enrolled in University of California schools in 2018, as opposed to 2,632 in 2008.

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