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07/19/2011
Charlotte, NC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Thomas C. Briggs, a former employee of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), pled guilty to concealing and shielding foreign college students who were in violation of the terms of their student visas, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
08/30/2011
Dallas, TX
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Twenty-seven immigration status violators, visa overstays, and foreign students were arrested last week by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for violating the conditions of their visas.

06/04/2012
Dallas, TX
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Forty immigration status violators, visa overstays and foreign students were arrested for violating the conditions of their nonimmigrant visas during a 12-day operation ending Friday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
01/29/2020
Detroit, MI
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

According to court records, from approximately February 2017 through January 2019, the defendants, a group of foreign citizens, conspired with each other and others to fraudulently facilitate hundreds of foreign nationals in illegally remaining and working in the United States by actively recruiting them 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.

01/30/2019
Detroit, MI
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Charged in the indictments were: Barath Kakireddy, 29, of Lake Mary; Suresh Kandala, 31, of Culpeper; Phanideep Karnati, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky; Prem Rampeesa, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Santosh Sama, 28, of Fremont, California; Avinash Thakkallapally, 28, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Aswanth Nune, 26, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Naveen Prathipati, 26, of Dallas, Texas.

02/09/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Hee Sun Shim (also known as Leonard Shim and Leo Shim), 53, of Beverly Hills, the owner and manager of the schools, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to conspiracy and immigration document fraud.

03/11/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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The three defendants allegedly ran a "pay-to-stay" scheme through three schools in Koreatown – Prodee University/Neo-America Language School; Walter Jay M.D. Institute, an Educational Center (WJMD); and the American College of Forensic Studies (ACFS) – and a fourth school currently operating in Alhambra, Likie Fashion and Technology College.

04/30/2015
New York, NY
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Suresh Hiranandaney, 61, Lalit Chabria, 54, and Anita Chabria, 50, each pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit student visa fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit student fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit student financial aid fraud. Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison. The defendants’ sentencing date is scheduled for Sept. 10.
04/05/2016
Newark, NJ
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Twenty-one brokers, recruiters, and employers were arrested Tuesday from across the United States, who allegedly conspired with more than a thousand foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student and foreign worker visas through a “pay-to-stay” New Jersey college.

06/04/2012
Newark, NJ
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Eight of nine people were arrested Tuesday for their alleged participation in a widespread foreign student visa fraud, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Dhirenkumar Parikh and his co-conspirators defrauded the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) by providing foreign nationals, for a fee...
02/21/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Ying Huang, 23, a Chinese citizen, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of passport fraud, one count of mail fraud, and aiding and abetting.

12/25/2014
Seattle, WA
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Keshav Mukund Bhide, 24, departed on an international flight Wednesday afternoon from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Special agents from HSI and the FBI escorted Bhide to the airport and confirmed his departure. He cannot return to the U.S. for 10 years.
04/29/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
In order to be certified by SEVP to enroll international students, U.S. schools must nominate a designated school official to serve as a liaison between the school and SEVP.
12/14/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
With the new class, SEVP now has 58 field representatives. Field representatives manage territories in one of three U.S. regions – eastern, central and western. Once fully staffed, each region will have 20 field representatives, for a nationwide total of 60.
07/06/2020
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than normally permitted by federal regulation to maintain their nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency.

01/04/2011
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
ICE's National Security Investigations Division (NSID)-part of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-leads efforts to identify, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal enterprises and terrorist organizations that threaten the security of the United States.
03/02/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced it will extend the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti.
03/14/2018
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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This updated educational tool allows users to create a customized guide with information on the international student life cycle specific to their visa type (F-1 or M-1) and education level. Each guide contains information about preparing to enter the United States, traveling, studying, student benefits, change of status and departing the United States.

05/19/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
When international students and visitors travel to the United States, they receive a Form I-94, "Arrival/Departure Record," at their port of entry. The Form I-94 serves as evidence that they have been lawfully admitted to the United States. International students and visitors need this record to verify alien registration and immigration status and obtain employment authorization. New this month, these individuals can access their five year travel history on the Form I-94 website.
08/04/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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As of July 8, 966,333 international students were enrolled in nearly 9,000 U.S. schools using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa. This marks a nearly five percent decrease from April, primarily due to graduation rates, but an eight percent increase when compared to July 2013.
05/22/2019
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

DHS has finalized changes to fees charged by SEVP to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take effect June 24, 2019.

03/25/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Based on data extracted from SEVIS Feb. 6, 1.13 million international students, using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa, were enrolled at nearly 8,979 U.S. schools. This marked a 14.18 percent increase in international students when compared to January 2014 data. The number of certified schools remained relatively static, increasing just more than one percent, during the same time period.

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