Om Namo Venkatesaya

Indian Students Held In US For Visa Fraud

Following a major sting operation carried out by Homeland Security Investigations (a Department of Homeland Security wing, which oversees immigration) on a fraudulent university named University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), 10 Indian students were arrested by the US authorities, while nearly 380 students face deportation, including students from China and other countries.

These gullible students who were not aware that the university was being run by federal agents, allegedly got admission in the university which had no instructors or educators, no curriculum, and conducted no classes or education activities, only to procure certification needed for legitimate student and work visas.

The accused students are charged with visa fraud and making false statements, which carry a sentence of 5 years, and H-1B visa fraud and harboring aliens, each carrying 10 years jail term.

The cancellation of non-immigrant student visas of foreign nationals who benefited from the visa racket has already begun and serious offenders may even be arrested and deportation proceedings will be initiated against them.

The Indian Embassy in Washington is in talks with the US government about the accused Indian students and sought a fair treatment for them. In late 2015, US authorities deported hundreds of Indian students in San Francisco from the airport itself.