Nearly 400 In­dian stu­dents face jail terms in US over visa fraud

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yash­want Raj yash­want.raj@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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