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Another Tri-Valley Scare?
Now, Virginia varsity in immigration fraud

Washington, July 29
Authorities in the US have raided offices of another university on the charges of fraud, this time in the suburbs of Washington, where 90 per cent of the 2,400 students are from India.

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

Earlier in January, US authorities had raided and shut down Tri-Valley University in California on charges of massive immigration fraud.

Officials from the ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) yesterday “served the UNVA with a Notice of Intent to Withdraw (NOIW) the university’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, with an overwhelming majority said to be from Andhra Pradesh.

The university declined to make any comment, neither did it communicate 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 universities or look for other options if they want.

The university temporarily cannot 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. — PTI





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