100 scholarship students deported annually from US
US Saudi cultural attaché Mohammed Al-Eissa said that about 100 Saudi students on scholarships to the United States return home annually because of reasons that include violating immigration rules, marital disputes and depression and ethical problems.
Al-Eissa was speaking to local media on the issue saying that the number of Saudi deportees due to reasons of fraud or forgery was very small amounting to only 10 persons a year or one percent of the total number of students. “This is because of the strict regulations of the embassy and other US agencies,” he added.
“Marital disputes, immigration issues, poor academic status and class attendance are among the main problems encountered by Saudi students but they account for less than 100 cases a year,” Al-Eissa explained.
He said that the main reason for the deportation of Saudi students is their ignorance of the immigration rules. “Some students transfer from one institute or university to another without informing the attaché or immigration department which results in their scholarship being canceled,” he said.
Marital disputes come second in the list of reasons for returning to the Kingdom, according to Al-Eissa. “The students may be too young or unable to cope with the cultural differences while others face ethical problems which lead to their deportation,” he said.
The Saudi cultural attaché in the USA recently deported two Saudi students on issues regarding jihad.
In China, the Saudi cultural attaché deported five students on scholarships for forging their study reports issued by the Chinese university.
Saudi Cultural Attache at the embassy in Beijing Saleh Al-Qassimi said at the time that his office had sent a letter to the university concerned to verify the academic degrees the students submitted to the embassy. The university responded by writing that the students had forged their academic reports.