India issues demarche to USA on detention of students

India issues demarche to USA on detention of students

India issues demarche to USA on detention of students

The external affairs ministry statement said authorities were closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures.

One-hundred-thirty foreign students were arrested by the United States authorities for enrolling at a fake university allegedly to remain in the US. It also said that they created fake student records and transcripts with the intent of deceiving authorities.

The US authorities this week said eight individuals who exploited the country's student visa system had been indicted.

In a surprising case of Indian students getting arrested in U.S. under the alleged 'immigration scam, ' the External Affairs Ministry under Sushma Swaraj has said that 'it's their top priority to get the students back to India under any circumstances'.

The US embassy in Delhi confirmed it had received the note of protest but made no further statement.

The report states that these 8 student recruiters were arrested after the USA agencies used a fake college, the University of Farmington as part of their undercover operation to identify these recruiters, who never knew that the university was under U.S. agencies vigil and the students who were enrolled by them. "We have urged the United States side to share full details and regular updates of the students with the government, to release them from detention at the earliest and not to resort to deportation against their will", the ministry said.

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Consular Officers from Indian Consulate in Houston met the arrested Indian students at Prairieland Detention Centre, Alvarado, Texas. These eight recruiters had provided the required fake documents to 600 students to illegally stay in the US.

The University of Farmington, advertised as based in MI state, was run by undercover agents from the Department of Homeland Security to expose "pay-to-stay" immigration fraud. The helpline numbers are: +1-202-322-1190 and +1-202-340-2590 and email is: cons3.washington@mea.gov.in. So they enrolled at the University of Farmington, believing that they could apply their prior credits to the new programme, which seemed to emphasise work experience, he said. Federal investigators say, the students who took admission in the university knew that the university programme was illegal.

The American Telugu Association urged "students to be wary of fake agents who promise illegal ways to stay in US through admissions in unaccredited colleges and universities".

The organisation has confirmed that 100 students from the Farmington University in MI have been arrested and warrants have been issued for another 600. The website tells affected students to contact their local office of Homeland Security Investigations, the ICE agency that did the undercover operation. The Indian Consulate in Chicago reported receiving the names of 29 Indians arrested in the case as of Thursday.

They had helped foreign nationals illegally remain in the United States by enrolling them into a metro Detroit private university, which was actually being operated by USA agents themselves.

"Madam, this is regarding the fake university (university of Farmington Michigan) issue".

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