University of Northern Virginia has come under the scanner of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Based in Annandale, a Washington suburb, it is an unaccredited, for-profit private university.
The university has 2,400 students of which 90 per cent are from India and 1,500 from Andhra Pradesh. Tragically, many of them are former students of the Tri-Valley University, California, that was shut down in January this year after being charged with immigration fraud. They paid between $5,000 and $10,000 for admission to UNVA as it was offering courses similar to TVU.
However, the authorities stated that the focus of investigations at UNV is not the students, but the school; officials made it clear that there would be no arrest, detention or electronic monitoring of students.
The university was asked not to admit new students and the students have three options: continue at the university while it functions, seek transfer to another university or seek voluntary return to India.