ICE cancels F-1 Student visas
On April 4 and 5, 2016, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) terminated the visa of nonimmigrant students who had enrolled at the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), and the visas of nonimmigrant students who had transferred from UNNJ.
The students were found to have knowingly participated in visa fraud because they enrolled at UNNJ to obtain an illegal to maintain their F-1 nonimmigrant status.
UNNJ is a school operated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark. It was created as a part of an enforcement action that targeted SEVP-certified schools and officials who sought to fraudulently utilize SEVP and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to commit various violations of federal law.
There are approximately 60 students who are affected and who will receive notification of cancellation of their visa.
Students who are terminated because they were currently or enrolled before at UNNJ and choose not to file for reinstatement or have applied to USCIS for reinstatement and whose application is denied, must depart the country immediately.
Not Eligible for Transfer
These students are not eligible for to transfer to another SEVP-certified school unless U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves the student for reinstatement following the student’s termination. Students who transferred to another school from UNNJ will also be terminated and their new school will be notified of the cancellation of their visa.
What to do now?
Call SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400. This number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, except holidays. The SEVP Response Center is closed every Wednesday from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. ET for system maintenance and testing.
Provide the following information when calling:
- First and last name
- SEVIS ID number
- Telephone number where you can be reached
- E-mail address
- Current SEVP-certified school
Nalini Mahadevan JD, MBA
Attorney at Law
Disclaimer: Not meant as legal advice. NOT meant to create an attorney client relationship. Please call an attorney to obtain advice pertaining to your legal situation.
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