Officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently met with representatives of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues relating to Indian students who were attending Tri-Valley University. In January 2011, ICE raided the University, closed the University and withdrew its SEVIS access. Additionally, the owner of the University has been criminally charged for alleged immigration fraud. Additional information about the closure of Tri-Valley University is contained in our firm's Immigration Updates dated February 1, 2011 and April 25, 2011.
ICE indicated that it has individually examined the cases of over 1,000 Indian students who were enrolled in the University. According to reports, approximately 95% of the University's student population were Indian nationals. ICE indicated that it has approved the transfer of approximately 435 of these students to other universities. ICE also indicated that it has denied the transfer request for approximately 145 students and has issued an equal number of Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs). ICE indicated that the remaining cases are still under review. ICE advised students who have received NOIDs to reply to the notices within the stipulated timeframe with the required documents.