US asks duped sham varsity students to look for options

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Washington, DC: US immigration authorities have asked duped students of a sham university in California, most of them from India, to contact them directly to find out what options they have to pursue their studies in America.

Over 1,500 students of California-based Tri Valley University (TVU), some 90 percent of them from India, mostly Andhra Pradesh, face the prospect of deportation following the closure of the school on charges of visa fraud unless they can get admission in another institution.

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has taken further steps to ensure SEVP (Student and Exchange Visi-tor Program)-certified schools and former Tri-Valley students have the information that they need to make informed decisions in light of the ongoing investigation,” spokeswoman, Lori K. Haley said on February 9.

ICE has posted an advisory on the SEVP link on ICE’s Web site — ice.gov/sevis/tri-valley-110118.htm — to direct students how to contact an SEVP representative to obtain information about their options.

For a student to maintain an active immigration status, they must show proof that they are making reasonable progress toward completing course work and physically attend classes.

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