8 held in visa fraud case in US; Indian students given options
Taking into consideration the "strong reaction" from New Delhi in the case of Tri Valley University last year, the authorities yesterday gave the students the opportunity to continue their studies or return to their country.
Unlike in the Tri Valley University scam, wherein it is the students who were arrested and were subject to radio tagging, federal authorities yesterday nabbed the officials of the New Jersey-based American Health and Technology Institute (AHTI) and Vision Career Consultants USA Inc, which helped Indian / foreign students get admissions at AHTI.
Fifteen-year-old AHTI has nearly 200 foreign students, majority of them being from India. AHTI did not respond to the phone calls made by PTI in this regard.
According to its website, AHTI is approved to operate in New Jersey by the Department of Education, NJ Department of Labour & Workforce New Jersey. AHTI is authorised by the US government to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
Informed sources said the institution has been issued notice to withdrawal its certification. The foreign students, said to be overwhelmingly from India, have been given options to either continue or seek transfer to another university or return to India without prejudice.
Special agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations executed three search warrants, including two at school campuses located in Iselin and Jersey City.
Unlike in the case
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