01 October, 2020

The Third Degree

A fake university bust in the US nets Indian students. Were they just victims?

AFP (From Outlook, February 14, 2011)
The Third Degree
outlookindia.com
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Closed Options

  • Leave the US voluntarily to escape the 5-year ban, to avoid the visa violations case.
  • Transfer to other universities. Not easy as TVU students are suspect in their eyes
  • Get an employer to apply for an H1-B or work visa. But H1-B visa quota for year is full up already.

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Lata was barely married a few months when she persuaded her husband to let her shift to the United States for a higher degree. Her parents dug deep into their savings to fulfil their daughter’s dream. Lata (not her real name) was admitted to a university in America, but the course didn’t interest her. A friend recommended a new university in Pleasanton, California. In September ’09, Lata was admitted to Tri-Valley University (TVU). It was a dream come true.

Last fortnight, on January 19, Lata’s dream turned into a nightmare. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency conducted raids on TVU and declared it...

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