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Will suspension from college affect my VISA, future grad school, and law school?

Jay1995Jay1995 0 replies2 postsRegistered User New Member
Hi,
I was suspended for one semester after I graduate. I am planning to go to law school or graduate school after my suspension period is completed. But I am worried that as an international student from Korea, my VISA could get rejected going to the States, and also worried about graduate schools or law school reject me for getting suspended. I was suspended due to copying the homework and not appealed for another chance. School had told me that the notation "Administrative Withdrawal" would be on my transcript forever and will this affect my future severely?
Thank you
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 9805 replies62 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I was suspended due to copying the homework
    This is a biggie as far as universities go; there is no leeway when you plagiarize or copy information that is not your original work. The universities tolerate a lot of things, but not being ethical about producing your own original work, is grounds for suspension. You usually sign something to that effect, that your university work is your own work.
    Graduate schools are even stricter about original work. Yes, I do believe it will be asked.
    As for law school, you weren't planning to try to work in the states, were you? It is expected that students return to their countries after a degree has been granted. Immigration rules are strict about that. Employers have to employ citizens first before indicating that there are no US candidates for jobs, before opening up positions to non-citizens. The US market is oversaturated with attorneys and getting a visa to practice in law in the states would be futile.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29497 replies170 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Were you suspended from a US university?

    If so, then you will be out of status and need to apply for a new F1 if you are re-admitted and return to that university, or if you apply to another one. So yes, this will be complicated.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 28777 replies56 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    You need to talk to someone who specializes in international students and their issues to find out specifically what options are available to you. This is too serious of an issue to be getting opinions from a forum board.
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  • Jay1995Jay1995 0 replies2 postsRegistered User New Member
    Hi,
    I am currently suspended for this one Fall semester when I had graduation this May. I graduated from U.S. university. Although I graduated, since I am placed on suspension, I am not given certified diploma until the suspension period is completed that is December. I am planning to go to law school or graduate school after my suspension period is completed. But I am worried that as an international student from Korea, my VISA could get rejected going to the States, and also worried about graduate schools or law schools would reject my admission for having a suspension history. I was suspended due to copying the homework but I haven't appealed for another chance. School had told me that the notation "Administrative Withdrawal" would be on my transcript forever but the reason would not be notated that it is due to academic integrity violation. Will this affect my near future severely? I really wish to get a job in the U.S. and the fact that I am suspended really do makes me change the path to somewhere else. Please consider my situation and give me some advice or solution for me to pursue my law school or graduation school in the U.S.
    Thank you
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  • Jay1995Jay1995 0 replies2 postsRegistered User New Member
    HI,
    I was suspended from my university due to copying the homework. However, when the suspension period is over, it will be noted on the transcript as "administrative withdrawal" without the reason of getting suspended. When I apply to graduate school or law school, can I make up a reason of suspension but due to plagiarism? I've heard that copying others' works are stricter than anything in the U.S.. Please help me get through this to get into good Grad school or Law school. If the record can deter me get into good Grad or law school, I would just give up studying GRE/LSAT and start working with low salary.
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 9805 replies62 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I really wish to get a job in the U.S. and the fact that I am suspended really do makes me change the path to somewhere else
    You didn’t read what I wrote earlier. US immigration rules are very strict. Employers in the US, must employ US candidates first and are not allowed to employ non citizens unless there are no other US applicants. Finding an employer to “sponsor” you is almost impossible. Finding an employer who will “overlook” your administrative issues just makes it worse.
    Did you understand when you applied to a US university that the university would educate you and not immigrate you? When you are admitted to a university in United States, all they’re going to do is provide your education. The universities expect that you return to your home country, to do whatever it is you want to do with your degree, since the university does not guaranteed to make you a citizen and employ you; that’s not the job of the universities. The problem is there aren’t enough jobs in the US to support everyone in the world who wants to become a citizen.
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  • hpcsahpcsa 445 replies15 postsRegistered User Member
    edited July 6
    @Jay1995 You urgently need to discuss your situation and the impact on your F-1 visa status with the international office of your university, responsible for administering your SEVIS status. It is very likely if not certain that your suspension will have an immediate impact on your F-1 visa status. As an example, this is the advice provided by the University of Houston in this specific matter:

    "International Students on Academic Suspension
    What do I do if I am placed on academic suspension?
    If you are placed on academic suspension for the first time, you must “sit out” at least one long semester (fall or spring). If you are placed on suspension a second time, you must "sit out" for at least 12 months. After the third academic suspension, students will not be eligible to re-enroll at the University of Houston. Please Visit, Academic Suspension page, for detailed information on UH catalog regarding suspension.
    As an F-1 student, if you are on suspension, you will not be permitted to register classes at UH. This will impact your F-1 status. F-1 students, even when placed by UH on suspension, must still be a full-time or they become illegal in the U.S. This means you must transfer to another school and register for full-time hours.
    I-20 transfer out procedures:
    You apply for admission at another school;
    After you are admitted, you submit ISSS a copy of your admission letter and a completed “SEVIS F-1 Transfer out Form” to request your I-20 to be released to your new school;
    After the release date, you should contact your new school to request a new I-20.
    All Students on Academic Suspension must Re-apply through UH Admissions
    Effective Fall 2011, suspended students are required to apply for readmission using the ATA, pay a $50 application fee, and submit all credentials by the readmission deadline. Deadlines as well as college specific procedures and requirements for readmission from suspension will be found at Former Student Readmission page.
    This new procedure insures students will have an official, complete academic record, including any transfer work attempt while suspended.
    Once your application is complete through UH Main Campus Admissions, the college will be notified.
    An e-mail will be sent to you from the college regarding the status of your application no later than one week after the final application deadline for the term for which you have applied.

    I-20 transfer back procedures:
    After you are readmitted to UH, you can request your I-20 to be transferred back to UH.
    You must follow the instructions to request your current school to release your I-20 to UH along with your approval that you have been re-admitted to UH;
    request your current school to complete the “I-20 Transfer Form”;
    You submit your new financial support document if you have changed the sponsorship and your “I-20 Transfer Form” to OISSS and request a new I-20."

    Source: https://www.uh.edu/oisss/students/f-1-f-2-visa/f-1/intl-student-on-academic-suspension/

    You have to address this issue immediately and without further delay! Are you currently in the US or back in your home country? If your SEVIS status has been/will be discontinued in the system, due to the fact that you won't be a full time student in the Fall Semester, you won't be able to re-enter the US with your current F-1 visa/I-20 docs. If you remain in the US you would start to incur out-of-status days, which eventually may block you from receiving a US Visa of any type in the future for a certain time.
    edited July 6
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8751 replies321 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am planning to go to law school or graduate school after my suspension period is completed.

    Why would you go to law school in the US? If you want to practice law, shouldn't you be studying the laws of your own country?
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33111 replies358 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    A lot doesn't make sense. If you finished degree requirements and will get your physical diploma in December, what have you withdrawn from? They put your diploma in suspension, I get that.

    "The end of your academic program affects your F-1 status. After you graduate or complete your exchange you have a 60-day grace period." If you don't complete, for various reasons, no 60 days. You need to look into all that's mentioned here. Pronto.
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  • paul2752paul2752 4777 replies349 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Oof, this is a serious issue.

    Your status is directly tied to your attendance of your school, so if you are suspended, then your DSO(designed School official, basically a big guy in your international student office) will have to terminate your SEVIS, and it will have a record of reason(s) of termination, which is in this case, suspension. Either you have to go to another school as soon as possible(which I wonder is even possible due to your cheating) or go back to your country. Did you talk to your DSO?
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