129 Indian students detained In US for Visa Scam, Indian embassy opens 24/7 hotline

As many as 129 Indians are among the 130 foreign students arrested for enrolling at a fake university allegedly to remain in the US.

Government officials on Friday said that a 24/7 hotline has been opened up by the Indian embassy in the US to provide all necessary legal aid 129 Indian students arrested in the US in connection with the “pay-and-stay” university visa scam.

The university n 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.

The arrested students, their friends and family members can contact the embassy at cons3.washington@mea.gov.in. The Indian embassy has 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.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE had arrested 130 students from the fake Farmington University in Greater Detroit area till Thursday. According to federal investigators, all these students knew the university programme was illegal and despite this, they took admission only to stay in the US.

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