Is your case stuck in administrative process? We can help you by completing this form.

ICE Traps Foreign Students by Creating Fake University

Spread the love

The Department of Homeland Security has come up with new way to catch immigration fraud: fake universities.

DHS set up a trap targeting foreign students who were trying to stay in the United States, but did not have the proper authorization. The fake university was in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Eight people were arrested, six in metro Detroit, one in Florida, and one in Virginia.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, said the eight were indicted in an immigration fraud case and charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

According to the indictment, the defendants assisted over 600 "foreign citizens to illegally remain, re-enter and work in the United States and actively recruited them to enroll in a fraudulent school as part of a 'pay to stay' scheme."

Prosecutors allege that the defendants "conspired...by actively recruiting [foreign nationals] to enroll into a metro Detroit private university that, unbeknownst to the conspirators, was operated by HSI special agents as part of an undercover operation."

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider explains that "we are all aware that the international students can be a valuable asset to our country, but as this case shows, the well-intended international student visa program can also be exploited and abused."

The fake university website says "the University of Farmington provides students from throughout the world a unique educational experience. Our dynamic business administration and STEM curriculum allows students to rapidly apply their knowledge; preparing them to succeed in an ever-globalizing economy."

According to the indictment, the students enrolled in the school new it was not a legal method of remaining in the U.S. The indictment said the students "knew that they would not attend any actual classes, earn credits or make academic progress toward an actual degree...each student knew that the University's program was not approved by the Department of Homeland Security, was illegal, and that discretion should be used when discussing the program with others."

For more information, click here.

You May Also Like

How Do You Sponsor An Immigrant: A Step-By-Step Guide Spread the love Image Source: USCIS Immigration sponsorship is a vital and often complex process that plays a pivotal role in foreign nationals aiming to live or work in... VIEW POST
Everything You Need to Know About H1B Premium Processing Fee Spread the love The H1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa allowing American employers to hire foreign workers in special positions for a certain period. Specialty occupations usually need a... VIEW POST
Form I-90 Filing Fee Breakdown: Renewing or Replacing Your Green Card Spread the love If you’re a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States, you’re given a green card, also known as a permanent resident card. This legal document... VIEW POST

Download Free Guide 
2024 Immigrant’s Guide to 
Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know to become  
a U.S. citizen.

Download Free Guide 2022 Immigrant’s Guide to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know
to become a U.S. citizen.
DOWNLOAD FREE PDF

Immigration 
Answers Show
Live every week.

JOIN US