Nearly 400 Indian students face jail terms in US over visa fraud
WASHINGTON: US authorities have arrested 10 people from India and 11from China for alleged visa fraud involving college admission, which is likely to lead to the deportation of hundreds of Indian students.
The accused used a phony university in New Jersey to grant certification needed for legitimate student and work visas, but were not aware it was run by federal agents investigating them.
Authorities said the defendants helped more than 1,000 foreign students stay in the US legally with papers provided from this fake institution, the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ).
The accused are charged with visa fraud and making false statements, each carrying a prison sentence of five years, and H-1B visa fraud and harbouring aliens, each carrying 10 years.
Authorities are cancelling non-immigrant student visas of foreign nationals who benefitted from the racket. If applicable, they will be arrested and deportation proceedings started against them.