04 March 2011

Former students of allegedly fraudulent university may get US visas reinstated

US authorities have indicated that more than 50 per cent of the students hit by the closure of the California-based Tri-Valley University are at various stages of processing for the reinstatement of their US Visa status.

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Half of the Indian students caught in the closure of a college are in the process of getting their US Visa reinstated.

The Tri-Valley University was shut down in January on allegations of  US Visa and immigration fraud, with 1,500 Indian students affected by the closure as they lost their student visa status.  Deportation proceedings also commenced against some Indian students.

The Indian Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, wrote a letter to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about India’s concerns on this issue.

Ms Clinton responded with a letter that stated “the Department of State continues to follow this case closely and is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Government of India to ensure fair and appropriate treatment of the students.”

Ms Clinton said “Indian students make a strong contribution to both our countries and it is among my priorities to ensure that this pillar of our partnership remains strong.”

The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their ESTA  applications  to the US Embassy.

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