435 of the 1, 500 Indian students caught up in the Tri-Valley University scam have been approved to transfer their study to other U.S education institutions.
The decision follows the closure of the fake university which successfully petitioned for a number of students to study at the university which was later found not to be legitimate and was closed down by federal authorities earlier this year. Since the closure, U.S. authorities have been working hard to find other places for the students impacted by the fraud.
Several issues relating to the Indian students affected were discussed at a meeting between Officials of Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and representatives of the Indian embassy on October 21, 2011. In a statement made, the Indian embassy revealed that of the student affected, there are about 435 transfers approved, 145 denied and about an equal number of issued Notices of Intention to Deny (NOIDs).
According to U.S. officials, the examination for transfer of each individual case is ongoing and the case of each student would be "examined individually after evaluating all information provided by them."
The U.S. and India also discussed issues of protecting students from sham universities at the India-U.S. Higher Education Summit.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated that the U.S. was extending its education advising services for Indian students and families living in the U.S. so that students could receive accurate information about opportunities to study in the U.S. More importantly, this expansion can help students avoid sham offers on the internet.
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