New Jersey fraud: Craze for US education lands many Telugus in trouble

usYet another US varsity was found fake and committed fraud! And the story is routine.. More than 150 out of a 1100 students who have been trapped were reportedly from AP and Telangana and shockingly middlemen are also said to be Telugus. The Visa fraud pertaining to the sham US varsity- The University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ) story is just another Tri Valley and University of Northern Virginia which duped thousands of students –many of them happened to be Telugus.
Twenty-one brokers, recruiters, and employers were arrested from across the United States, who allegedly conspired with more than a thousand foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student and foreign worker visas through a “pay-to-stay” New Jersey college. The arrests resulted from an extensive probe led by U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). ICE has declared UNNJ a “sham university” and is now blacklisted. Among the brokers, four Telugus were also identified- Tejesh Kodali, Govardhan Dyavarashetty, Karthik Nimmala and Avinash Shankar for ‘harbouring aliens for profit. They resorted to cheating for which they attract 5years of imprisonment and fine of $ 2,50,000.
But reports suggest that the students may be deported since flaws in US educational and student exchange programme are galore.
Mr Tejesh Kodali pleaded not guilty, according to his attorney Micheal Horn, a report published in New York Times said.
“While the United States fully supports international education, we will vigorously investigate those who seek to exploit the U.S. immigration system,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña. “As a result of this operation, HSI special agents have successfully identified and shut down multiple operations which have abused the student visa program.”
The US education continues to entice Telugu students, many of them believe that they can get placement either in US or in India once they study there. There is craving for management and tech courses there. “Nobody checks whether it is genuine or fraudulent varsity. The ultimate aim appears to be ‘land first in US, get a degree by hook or crook, if possible pursue MS or higher studies by doing some smaller jobs there and finally hunt for a lucrative job” this is what our guys have been eyeing for. This attitude lands many of them in trouble” observed Dr KS Rao, a genetic scientist who was in US and France for 30 years told V6 News.
“‘Pay to Stay’ schemes not only damage our perception of legitimate student and foreign worker visa programs, they also pose a very real threat to national security,” New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a statement.

“An exceptional educational experience!” UNNJ’s website offered. “The University of Northern New Jersey promises a high quality American education to students from around the world. But, by mutual agreement with the allegedly corrupt individuals representing “students” from 26 countries who hoped to take advantage of the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program, no actual educational experience was on offer.

“Although UNNJ was physically located here in New Jersey, in a real building in Cranford, the university was not a real school,” Fishman’s noted. “Its only employees were undercover … agents posing as corrupt administrators. The school had no instructors or educators; it had no curriculum; and no actual classes or educational activities ever occurred there.”

Under the exchange program, foreign students enroll at a school able to issue a “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status — for Academic and Language Students,” or Form I-20. Students then use this form to get an F-1 student visa, which allows them to stay in the country while studying

“To further complete the illusion, the complaints allege that virtually every defendant knowingly purchased fake documents from the undercover university, including fraudulent transcripts with made up classes and grades; diplomas; attendance sheets; student ID cards; sham receipts; and even phony parking passes,” Fishman said

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