New Delhi: India on Friday hoped the US
authorities will "treat well" and provide "adequate
opportunity" to hundreds of Indian students, affected after a
California-based University was shut down by authorities on
charges of illegal immigration, to clarify their position.
"We are in touch with the US authorities. We are very
concerned about the impact of the action that has been taken
against those students who have enrolled at the university.
Our Consular General in San Fransisco has met 35 of those
students already and we are in touch with relevant Federal
agency on the US side.
"The students have gone on valid student visa. Some of
them were transferred from other universities to Tri-Valley,"
the officials said here.
"Our immediate concern is the welfare of these students.
We hope they are treated well by the US agency and given
adequate opportunity to clarify their position," they said.
Duped by the authorities of Tri-Valley University, which
has been shut down, hundreds of Indian students, mostly from
Andhra Pradesh, faced the threat of being deported back home
after having lost their student visa status.
Officials also noted that with a strength of over 10
lakh, Indian students constituted the second largest foreign
student community in the US after Chinese pupils.
Meanwhile, reports from the San Francisco area said a
number of students have been interrogated by federal
authorities as part of their investigation against the
Tri-Valley University which is being charged as part of an
effort to defraud, misuse visa permits, and indulge in money
laundering and other crimes.
According to a federal complaint filed in a California
court last week, the University had helped foreign nationals
illegally acquire immigration status.
The university is said to have 1,555 students.
As many as 95 per cent of these students are Indian
nationals, the complaint said.