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Telugu students in a fix following US arrests

HYDERABAD: The arrest of eight scholars at the charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and loads dealing with the threat of deportation for joining in a fake college has left Telugu scholars learning in the United States restive.

Students said that if one fails to get an H1-B visa, they opt for a 2d masters, in order that they get Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which is temporary employment authorisation for F-1 visa non-immigrant international scholars.

“Many of my buddies opted to do 2d masters after they did not get a role after completing their Optional Practical Training (OPT) duration. While few of them used CPT to paintings and parallelly controlled to finish the course, others discontinued after their H1B visa is processed. I don’t suppose this comes under violation of visa status,” said a graduate of a California-based college.

Students said there are colleges which offer CPT from day 1 of the course however makes sure that the whole lot is legal.

“Generally, a scholar of graduation degree gets CPT for less than a yr. But there are colleges which provide CPT for roughly two years for the same degree of level. I'm sure there will have to be some loopholes in the regulation. Students who joined in the colleges are confident that their visa status is valid. This sudden arrests and conceivable deportations is creating confusion and restlessness among scholars,” said a graduate, who lately finished his graduation from a school founded out of Mexico.

Students, who joined the faux Farmington college too, said that they have no clue that their varsity is unlawful. In a voice recording, which was accomplished by means of the room associates of the scholar, when federal brokers paid a wonder visit, the scholar was noticed pronouncing that his visa status is valid.

“My OPT expired lately and my H1B software is under process. I've joined for 2d masters and attend classes via online. I've even paid my semester charge lately,” said a scholar of Farmington college.

Interestingly, whilst Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department in which Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is generated to facilitate access of a scholar into the USA authorizes greater than 12 months of CPT, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services considers it as a contravention of F-1 status and thus ineligible to be granted a metamorphosis of status in the USA.

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