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More Tri-Valley like cases under scanner

world Updated: Feb 19, 2011 01:02 IST
Yashwant Raj

One of the big fears in New Delhi has been the possibility of the exposure and closure of more Tri-Valley-type universities in the US leaving more Indian students facing anything from deportation to jail to an uncertain future.

These fears were not unfounded, after all.

“ICE has other such investigations underway, but we're not going to quantify the scope of our efforts,” Virginia Kice of the US immigration and customs enforcement said in reply to a specific question about it.

As stated above, she refused to divulge the number of such probes. Kice pointed to some other such cases cracked by ICE in the last few years. Tri-Valley was a true descendant of some of them — using the same fraud.

There are fears that Indian students might be enrolled in other such universities for the same reasons that made Tri-Valley so attractive: easy enrollment with visa, low tuition fee, online classes and readily given permission to work.

The enrolled student could, be anywhere in the US, was never required to attend on-site classes and was allowed to work full-time — and not in relevant areas — for Curricular Practical Training from day one.

In short, you come to the US on student visa —F-1 —or transfer from another more expensive and rules-conscious university and start working in contravention of immigration rules.

Many Tri-Valley students came from other US varsities, which were possibly in the same racket, but charged more.

But when they are raided by ICE more of these students will be on the street, joining the hundreds who have lived like fugitives since the raid on Tri-Valley on January 18, a handful of them with radio-collars to prevent them from fleeing.