Indian embassy opens hotline for 129 detained students

Amid panic created among Indian students in US, with the arrest of large number of 129 students in immigration fraud case, the Indian government came to their rescue. The Indian embassy in the US has opened a 24/7 hotline to assist 129 Indian students arrested in the “pay-and-stay” university visa scam. Among 130 students arrested by US authorities, 129 are Indian students.

They were arrested for enrolling at a fake university, allegedly to remain in the US. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, till Thursday, had arrested 130 students from the fake Farmington University in Greater Detroit area and among them 129 are Indian students.

The university in Detroit’s Farmington Hills was part of an undercover operation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designed to expose immigration fraud, according to federal prosecutors who announced charges in the case.

Embassy officials said that the two numbers 202-322-1190 and 202-340-2590 would be manned by senior embassy officials round the clock. The arrested students, their friends, and family members can contact the embassy at cons3.washington@mea.gov.in.

The Indian embassy has also appointed a nodal officer to handle and coordinate all issues related to helping Indian students affected by the busting of the “pay-and-stay” racket run by a group of Indians that has put some 600 students under trouble. The fake university was opened by Homeland Security Investigations to trap those involved in illegal student visa racket. It has now been closed.

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