Another US varsity under scanner for visa fraud
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 30, 2011, 00:43
Washington: Authorities in US have raided offices of another university on the charges of fraud, this time in the suburb of Washington, where 90 per cent of the students are from India.

In a day-long exercise, dozens of officials from different federal agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI, yesterday raided offices at the University of Northern Virginia's Annandale campus and took away with them a large number of boxes full of documents and computer hard drives from its administrative division.

"Today, officials from ICE's Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) served UNVA with a Notice of Intent to Withdraw (NOIW) UNVA's authorisation to admit foreign students," ICE spokeswoman Cori W Bassett in a statement. Based in Annandale, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, the university is believed to have 2,400 students of which 90 per cent are from India, of which an overwhelming majority are said to be from Andhra Pradesh.

The university declined to make any comment, neither did it communicated with its students and staff, except for posting a notice on its entrance informing that the university is still open, but students have the choice to move to other varsities or look for other options if they want.

The university temporarily can't accept any foreign students, reads the notice posted on the door of the offices.

UNVA students must leave the country immediately if they are unable "to continue to attend classes and maintain their active status in a manner required by federal government regulations," the notice reads.

Earlier in January, US authorities raided and shut down Tri-Valley University in California on charges of massive immigration fraud, leaving over a thousand Indian students' fate hanging.



First Published: Friday, July 29, 2011, 09:14

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