I hope you have found my H-1B receipt notice post helpful to you while you waited with bated breath to find out whether yours was selected or not. Congrats on being one of the lucky ones! So, now that you got your receipt, you are probably wondering when your petition will be approved. Last year, we started receiving approval notices around May 23rd in just a handful of cases. I expect the same this year.

What happens next and how long will it take? It depends:

  • If your petition was filed in premium processing and there is no Request for Evidence (RFE) issued, you should have at least an email notification of the approval of your petition by June 4th.
  • If an RFE is issued and your petition is in premium processing, it can take up to 15 more calendar days to get the result after the response to the RFE is received by USCIS.
  • If you filed in regular processing this year, if there is no RFE issued, most applicants can expect to hear back from USCIS by October. This is just based on our experience in previous years, there is no set timeframe from USCIS. In general, they do try to complete all the cases by September 30th, at least for masters cap applicants because they know that the cap gap OPT extension ends on September 30th.
  • If an RFE is issued and your petition is in regular processing, it can take up to 60 days to get the result after the response to the RFE is received by USCIS. So, it is entirely possible that a petition may continue to be pending well into November and even December (In fact, we had a handful still pending from last year at the time we were preparing to file petitions this year).  Again, this is mainly dependent on how quickly the RFE is responded to. If premium processing remains available, the petition may be able to be upgraded to premium processing after the RFE response is received by USCIS.

Many people ask if the petitions are processed in any particular order. Since they are all received practically on the same day, there really is no first in first out order, which is how petitions would normally be processed. In this case, the actual order of approval really depends on which officer is handling the case, how many cases they have, whether an RFE is necessary, and how fast they review them. There is really no rhyme or reason to the order petitions are approved (so don’t look up random receipt numbers around yours to see if they are approved or not, it really does not provide any useful information!).

I anticipate that many cases will remain pending through the summer and may need to consider upgrading to premium processing to receive a timely decision.

 

 

 

~ImmigrationGirl




You may recall that several colleges had filed a lawsuit in October 2018 against DHS arguing that the August 9th Unlawful Presence memo was unlawful because it did not go through the required regulatory process, the policy change is arbitrary and capricious, it violates the 1996 statute that created the concept of unlawful presence, and violates Due Process.

The colleges argued that the Unlawful Presence memo “is intentionally designed to impose tens of thousands of reentry bars on F, J, and M visa holders each year” and will result in three- or ten-year bars of “untold numbers of international students and exchange visitors acting in good faith.” DHS had filed a Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit on January 10, 2019. DHS argued that the colleges do not have standing to bring a lawsuit (ie the colleges have not identified how they have been harmed by the policy) and that it is too soon to bring a lawsuit because no individuals named in the lawsuit have been harmed yet.

The colleges also filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction on December 14, 2018 requesting that the memo should be suspended while the litigation is pending.

Today, the Court found that the colleges are likely to succeed on their claims that the August 9th Unlawful Presence Memorandum was promulgated in violation of regulatory procedures, and that the Policy Memorandum conflicts with the Immigration & Nationality Act. The Court therefore concluded that, under the circumstances of the case, a nationwide preliminary injunction is appropriate.

This means that DHS is blocked from enforcing the August 9th Unlawful Presence Memo nationwide, pending resolution of this lawsuit.

 

BACKGROUND:

The August 9, 2018 Policy Memorandum changed how USCIS calculates unlawful presence for F-1 students in “duration of status.” This is important because unlawful presence can eventually lead to “inadmissibility,” meaning the individual can be barred from entering or remaining in the United States.

Prior to August 9, 2018, in the event that USCIS formally found a violation of F-1 status, the student would not begin accruing unlawful presence until the day after the decision was made.

Under this new memo which is currently blocked from being enforced, if an F-1 student is found by DHS to have failed to maintain status, he or she will begin accruing unlawful presence on the day after he or she engaged in the unauthorized activity that caused the status violation:

In other words, the memo had required unlawful presence to be calculated retroactively.

With this injunction, we revert back to the previous rules which had been in operation for over 20 years. That is, in the event that USCIS formally finds a violation of F-1 status, the student would only begin accruing unlawful presence the day after the decision is made.

 

 

 

~ImmigrationGirl




Can you save money by refinancing your International student education loan by refinancing with Prodigy Finance?

So, let’s find out. Shall we?

If I were to refinance my education loan from India. I would be looking for the following factors

  1. Can I save money?
  2. What will be the interest rate?
  3. What are the payment terms?
  4. Do I qualify for the loan refinance?
  5. What is the duration of the new loan?
  6. Can I build my credit history?
  7. Is the process of loan approval going to be tedious?
  8. Would I be able to repay the loan without any penalty?
  9. What documents are required to get the loan approval?
  10. I don’t have a co-signer in the USA, can I still get a loan?
  11. I don’t have a high credit score, can I still get refinance education loan?

And you would probably have more questions.

Even though I have a bunch of question, I will start the Prodigy Loan Refinance process by asking this simple question.

  • Can I save money?
  • How much money can I save by refinancing my loan?

If that math doesn’t work out, then I’m going to look for other options. So, I set out to find out how the Prodigy Finance Loan refinance works.

Related Resources:

Prodigy Finance Review

I recently hosted a live webinar with Prodigy Finance to provide a detailed look at the following:

  • Overview of Prodigy Finance
  • Overview of No-Cosigner International Student loan refinance
  • Interest Rates and Fees for Loan Refinance
  • Prodigy Finance Loan Refinance Application Process
  • Questions and Answers from the Live Session attendees

In this article, you will find the hour-long interview following by live questions and answers from the live attendees split into five parts.

1. No Co-Signer International Student Loan

2. Prodigy Finance – Interest Rates – LIBOR

This is going to be the essential section of the interview.

I want to know the interest rates and how the interest rate is calculated and how much money I can save.

3. Why Prodigy Finance for Loan Refinance

A quick walkthrough of the full student loan refinance application process.

You can essentially complete the entire application in less than 10 minutes.

If your University or the State where you reside doesn’t qualify, you can contact them.

4. Loan Refinance  – Required Documents

You will notice that the Social Security Number is an Optional field in the Prodigy Finance Loan refinance process.

But, you are required to provide a copy of the Credit Report.

You can get the Credit Report for free from most of the Credit Card companies.

For instance, if you a Credit Card from Discover Bank, you should be able to login into your account and get a free copy of the Credit Report.

If your Credit Card company doesn’t provide, there are sites like Credit Karma that can give your credit report for a small fee.

5. FAQ’s about F1 Visa Students Loan Refinance

In part 5, the following questions were answered.

  • Sandeep
    • Is there a minimum amount that we need to refinance?
  • Hemant
    • I am in STEM OPT valid till Jan 2021. Can I avail the loan for a longer term? i.e., for more than five years?
      Is there any unemployment protection?
      Do we have to pay the full “total repayment amount” even if we are paying off early?
  • Nikita
    • If I apply for Prodigy finance loan today (I am currently living and working in the U.S.A.) but if in future I change my residence country, will it affect Prodigy loan?
    • Do you guys have a live chat or email options to ask questions in case we have specific questions regarding the process?
  • Vimal
    • What if my student loan is paid, but have credit card debt?
    • Is there any term for less than seven years?
  • Hemanth
    • I couldn’t see California in the states mentioned. Is there an effort to provide service in California as well? If so when can I expect?
    • What is the primary factor in getting the low fixed part of interest?
    • Can we change the monthly payment amount?
  • Raju
    • My school is listed but what to do if I still get a message that prodigy finance doesn’t support your school.

 

 

Disclosure:  Please note that this is a Sponsored Post and links are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you apply for a loan refinance.   Please understand that I recommend the products because I believe in them. And I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  

You can see for yourself about the interview and questions from the readers and answers discussed. Do the math to see if you can save money by refinancing your education loan from your home country. If you are not sure if you can save money, then it would take 10 minutes to complete the application and you can find out your actual interest rate and that will show how much you can save.




Today, 4/15/19 we received our first I-797 receipt notices in the mail for some of the premium processing petitions selected in the lottery that were filed with the Vermont Service Center. These receipts have a “Received Date” of 04/11/2019 and a “Notice Date” of 04/12/2019. Please remember that this is just the beginning. Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t heard anything yet. The receipting process takes a few weeks given the sheer volume of petitions USCIS must go through and complete data entry on.

Below you will find daily updates regarding the cap-subject H-1B receipt notices for petitions filed in the FY2020 lottery.

BEFORE commenting, please review the following FAQs:

 

  • My premium processing email says that the 15-day clock begins on the “received date”. Does this mean I should hear back by April 26th?

NO, the 15-day clock does not begin until May 20th. The email template used by USCIS was not updated to reflect this.

  • My checks have not been cashed/I haven’t received a receipt notice/SEVIS doesn’t show any update – does this mean I did not get selected?

NO, that does NOT mean you were not selected!!! The process of sending out receipt notices, updating systems, etc. takes time – remember: it’s only been a few DAYS! This entire process of notifying selected applicants will take WEEKS to complete. It’s still very early on, so don’t worry if you haven’t heard anything about your petition yet.

  • My checks have been cashed/I have received a receipt notice/SEVIS shows a receipt number – does this mean I got selected?

Yes, USCIS only cashes checks/sends receipts to those that were selected.

  • Can I find out about my H-1B through the new SEVP Portal?

Maybe. SEVP does update the employment end date to September 30th for those that are in the cap gap and have been selected. However, this occurs over time, not everyone is updated right away.

  • Was my Advanced Degree petition selected in the Advanced cap or in the Regular cap?

USCIS does not disclose if an AD petition was selected under the AD cap or the Regular cap. There is no way to determine which cap an AD petition gets selected under.

  • Why are we seeing receipts for AD petitions first? 

USCIS tries to send out AD petition receipts first as these applicants are more likely to need the receipt notice ASAP for cap-gap purposes. This is not an indicator of whether the AD petition got selected under the AD cap or the regular cap – again, there is no way to determine which cap an AD petition gets selected.

  • I’ve received my receipt notice but nothing shows up when I check my case status on the USCIS website/it doesn’t recognize my receipt number! Was I selected or not? What does this mean?

If you have received a receipt notice, your petition was selected in the lottery. USCIS only sends receipt notices to the petitions that were selected. The website most likely has not been updated or your receipt number hasn’t been entered into their system yet and that is why you cannot find a status update for your petition online. (Remember, these things take time!). You may want to try creating an account. Last year, many were able to view their case status through their account even if it did not appear in the USCIS website.

  • Can you share the percentage of checks cashed versus the percentage of receipts versus emails received?

The difference between the percentage of checks cashed and the percentage of receipts/emails is so small that it doesn’t change anything I have already shared.

  • When will I get my receipt notice/rejection notice/approval notice?

Check out my free timeline at: http://immigrationgirl.com/lottery/

 

I use the following abbreviations to refer to the different service centers and case types:

  • AD/VT/PP = Advanced Degree or masters cap / Vermont Service Center / Premium Processing
  • AD/CA/PP = Advanced Degree or masters cap / California Service Center / Premium Processing
  • AD/VT = Advanced Degree or masters cap / Vermont Service Center / Regular Processing
  • AD/CA = Advanced Degree or masters cap / California Service Center / Regular Processing
  • non-AD/VT/PP = Regular or bachelors cap / Vermont Service Center / Premium Processing
  • non-AD/CA/PP = Regular or bachelors cap/ California Service Center / Premium Processing
  • non-AD/VT = Regular or bachelors cap / Vermont Service Center / Regular Processing
  • non-AD/CA = Regular or bachelors cap / California Service Center / Regular Processing

 

4/19/19 UPDATE: Email notifications have slowed down for Premium Processing (PP) Advanced Degree (AD) petitions filed at both service centers. This does NOT mean that it is 100% over for AD petitions filed in premium processing, but based on how many we know have been selected so far, I think we may be getting close to the end for this case type. Also, late yesterday we received or first email notifications for Non-AD Premium Processing from the California Service Center.

  • AD/VT/PP: We have received email notification and/or I-797 receipt notices in 64% of our cases in this category
  • AD/CA/PP: We have received email notification  and/or I-797 receipt notices in 66% of our cases

 

  • AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA/PP: We have received email notification and/or I-797 receipt notices in 11% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

4/18/19 UPDATE: Email notifications continue coming in for Premium Processing (PP) Advanced Degree (AD) petitions filed at both service centers. Many I-797 Receipt notices came in today’s snail mail for petitions we have already received emails for. These have Notice Dates of 4/12/19 to 4/15/19.

  • AD/VT/PP: We have received email notification and/or I-797 receipt notices in 64% of our cases in this category
  • AD/CA/PP: We have received email notification  and/or I-797 receipt notices in 64% of our cases

 

  • AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

4/17/19 UPDATE: Email notifications continue coming in for Premium Processing (PP) Advanced Degree (AD) petitions filed at both service centers. No I-797 Receipt notices came in today’s snail mail

  • AD/VT/PP: We have received email notification and/or I-797 receipt notices in 52% of our cases in this category
  • AD/CA/PP: We have received email notification  in 56% of our cases

 

  • AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

4/16/19 UPDATE: Email notifications continue coming in for Premium Processing (PP) Advanced Degree (AD) petitions filed at both service centers. No I-797 Receipt notices came in today’s snail mail (this is normal as we usually don’t receive much mail from USCIS on Tuesdays)

 

  • AD/VT/PP: We have received email notification and/or I-797 receipt notices in 42% of our cases in this category
  • AD/CA/PP: We have received email notification  in 46% of our cases

 

  • AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

4/15/19 UPDATE: Email notifications started coming in last week for Premium Processing (PP) Advanced Degree (AD) petitions filed at both service centers. The actual I-797 Receipt notices have only come in the mail for a few petitions from Vermont today for AD/PP 

 

  • AD/VT/PP: We have received email notification and/or I-797 receipt notices in 15% of our cases
  • AD/CA/PP: We have received email notification  in 7% of our cases

 

  • AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA/PP: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

  • non-AD/VT: We have received I-797 receipt notices in 0% of our cases
  • non-AD/CA: We have received I-797 receipt notices  in 0% of our cases

 

I will update this information daily as we get more receipts in.

Please remember to keep your comments helpful and positive. And read the above information before commenting! I will delete comments that are not beneficial to readers here. There are usually quite a few duplicate comments or just general comments about making the lottery. I will try to remove those just to keep the feed clean, please don’t take offense if your comment gets deleted! It is just to keep the page as clean as possible so that it can be more informative. Best of luck everyone!

 

 ~ImmigrationGirl

 

BEFORE commenting, please review the above FAQs




USCIS announced today, April 11th, 2019 that they completed H1B visa Lottery for 2020 quota. Below is the summary of the press release.

Summary of USCIS Press release on H1B 2020 Lottery Completion :

Check out video summary in under 2 minutes.

 Our H1B Predictions vs USCIS actual Numbers for FY 2020 season ?

This year many were speculating based on the traffic on our site and general rules that there would be less numbers, but we predicted that it would be around 160,000 to 180,000 as listed in our H1B 2020 Lottery Predictions. Our predictions are not too far from the real numbers of 201,011 petitions. Hope our predictions gave you all insights into what’s coming up. We have been predicting H1B lottery numbers for so many years now…it will be very interesting for next year with the h1B registration rule coming into play.

What’s our take on this year FY 2020 press release ?

It is very generic press release from USCIS this year. They kept the US Masters quota cap in unknown mode for entire week and directly announced numbers of H1B lottery. The order of H1B lottery has changed, that the difference. Also, if we check H1B Cap Count History by Year we have gone up in H1B filings count back like in FY 2018 . That’s about it.

 H1B 2020 Tracker – Crowdsourced for general Insights :

H1B Processing can be very time consuming and frustrating for many as it is like a black box and we need to keep waiting. Having some general insights will help the community. It is fully anonymous and used by many in the past 5 years.  If you have filed a petition for FY 2020, please add your case and help the community.

Track your H1B Case

Anonymously Track your H1B Case – Share and Get updated from Community.

What’s after H1B 2020 Lottery ?

Many of the new H1B seeks may not know the process, read Steps after H1B Visa Lottery – Flow chart to get a full understanding of what’s next. In simple, you will get a receipt notice from USCIS, then approval or RFE….if you are unlucky, you will get a rejection.

What are your thoughts from the H1B FY 2020 USCIS Press release ?

Reference : USCIS FY 2020 Cap Reached

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USCIS has announced today that it received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular (Bachelor’s) cap for fiscal year 2020.

 

USCIS has not yet announced whether they have received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree (master’s) cap, although this is also expected to be reached as well.

 

For your reference, last year USCIS announced on April 12th that the lottery was done as well as the total number of petitions that had been filed (190,098 last year). Our office also started receiving the first receipt notices on April 19th last year.

 

What questions do you have about the lottery? Ask below and I’ll do my best to answer! To avoid repeat questions, please read through the comments before posting your question 🙂

 

 

 

~ImmigrationGirl

 

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-fiscal-year-fy-2020-cap-season




If you are currently an F-1 international student and an employer will be filing an H-1B petition on your behalf in the April 2019 lottery, join my free webinar to learn about the lottery selection process, receipt notices, rejection notices, case processing, premium processing, cap gap, STEM extension, consular processing, change of status, and more!

Register online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5668737103801979405?source=immigrationgirl.com

 

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Register online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5668737103801979405?source=immigrationgirl.com

 

 

 ~ImmigrationGirl




USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request.

When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action within the 15‑calendar day processing time, USCIS refunds the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continues with expedited processing of the petition.

If Your H-1B Petition Was Transferred

If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition, and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling the petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with your premium processing request to avoid possible delays associated with the receipt of your premium processing request. If your petition was transferred and you send your premium processing request to the wrong center, USCIS will forward it to the petition’s current location. However, the premium processing clock will not start until the premium processing request has been received at the correct center.

https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-all-h-1b-petitions

 

 

 ~ImmigrationGirl




On Monday, February 11, 2019, USCIS announced that it was revising the I-539 application form used by many different types of nonimmigrants, including H-4, L-2, O-3, F-1, B-1, B-2, Dependents of E visa holders,  and Dependents of TN visa holders, to name a few. Although form revisions are common, this time USCIS has added a requirement for all applicants, including children, to pay an $85 biometric services fee and attend a biometrics appointment at the Application Support Center closest to the applicant’s address. The new version of the form is not yet available, but must be used for all applications received by USCIS on or after March 11, 2019.

In its supporting documents for the form revision, USCIS uses Section 5 of Executive Order (E.O.) 13780 as the grounds for the needed biometrics. This Executive Order is entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” and calls for the implementation of uniform screening and vetting standards for all immigration programs, including “a mechanism to ensure that applicants are who they claim to be” and “any other appropriate means for ensuring the proper collection of all information necessary for a rigorous evaluation of all grounds of inadmissibility or grounds for the denial of other immigration benefits.”

USCIS believes that the I-539 biometrics requirement will enhance national security, public safety, and identity verification.

I-539, applicants who are requesting A, G, or NATO classifications are exempt from the biometrics fee by regulation. All other classifications must appear for biometrics collection and submit the associated fee.

USCIS’ own supporting statement for the biometrics requirement states that the average distance traveled for applicants to reach an Application Support Center is 100 miles, yet they claim that “the burden of complying with the biometrics requirement is not excessive.”

In Fiscal Year 2018, USCIS received a total of 230,975 I-539 applications. But remember, this does not take into account the fact that each application can include more than one applicant (for example, an H-4 spouse and his/her children are all included in one I-539 application).

USCIS expects that 373,477 people will need to have their biometrics done under this plan each year, which results in the government earning over $31 million from this exercise.

Now that we are adding 373,477 biometrics appointments into the system, (in addition to the 334,182 family-based adjustment of status applicants, the 132,708 employment-based adjustment of status applicants, and 834, 251 naturalization applicants who currently attend biometrics appointments), what will happen to the already ridiculously long processing times for I-539 applications? The Vermont Service Center is taking 12 to 15.5 months to process one of the simplest types of immigration applications.  How will USCIS treat I-539s filed concurrently with a premium processed I-129? These are answers that we don’t yet know. We may have more insight this Friday after USCIS conducts a teleconference to discuss the requirements involved with the revised Form I-539.

Stay tuned for more information!

 

 ~ImmigrationGirl

 




ICE Raided and Arrested Students Attending  – The University of Farmington, Michigan.

This is like an Action/Thriller Story.

Remember the University of Northern New Jersey?

Quick Summary:

While, the news unraveled from today morning, there were a ton of unanswered questions. Things were not adding up.

  • Some students were arrested at 4 AM Raid.
  • It looked like they were in Day 1 CPT University.
  • Then, I saw the Removal Proceedings (screenshot).
  • Student’s SEVIS was terminated and Student was not on CPT.
  • Did they get I-20 to attend the school? Yes
  • Did the University issue them CPT (Day 1)? Looks like they did as per one person.
  • If Univerity approved Day 1 CPT, why did they terminate SEVIS?
  • Timeline for one student
    • Entered the US on Dec 29, 2018
    • SEVIS Terminated on Jan 29, 2019
    • And ICE shows up the next day to arrest.
    • How is it possible for ICE to track the students down so many students so fast?

More Questions

  • Why were they not studying when they entered the US on F1 Visa?
  • What were those students doing away from the school?
  • How many courses do they have to attend per week or per semester?
  • Was this school under some sort of investigation and it was planned operation?

FAKE University Setup by the Government – a Sting Operation

Now, we know the reasons Source – Detroit News and 8 people have been charged.

“… the university was being used by foreign citizens as a ‘pay to stay’ scheme which allowed these individuals to stay in the United States as a result of of foreign citizens falsely asserting that they were enrolled as full-time students in an approved educational program and that they were making normal progress toward completion of the course of study,” the indictment reads.

The students knew that the university’s program was illegal, according to the indictment.

Do you remember University of Northern New Jersey? 

The University of Farmington looks like an Operation similar to the University of Nortern New Jersey.

 

Update 1:

  • I pinged one of the students in the University of Farmington.  The student said that friends were arrested. And the student can provide additional details shortly.

Update 2: 

  • Potentially 4 students are arrested (not officially confirmed) and one more student is leaving the country for good and that student was not.
  • Agents came at 4 AM

Update 3:

  • Copy of Removal Proceedings given to one of the students (below)

Update 4:

  • These students seem to have transferred into the University of Farmington from a different school and they are not enrolled full time and CPT have been authorized.

Reasons for Removal Stated as follows:

  • You were not pursuing a Full Course of Study or not participating in practical training as an integral part of the curriculum.

ice removal proceedings university of farmington

We may not know all the answers, but do know this.

Don’t mess with US Immigration Law and maintain your Valid Visa Status. 

There were some comments that these students were involved in Day 1 CPT with Practical Training. But, the removal proceedings notes say they were not in school or attending practical training.

In meantime, here are some screenshots and messages from this thread on F1 Visa Facebook Group.

 

 

What Happens to The Arrested Students

With a similar event with the University of Northern New Jersey, students were given the option to transfer to the different school.

But, this time around, looks like these students would go through the removal proceedings from the USA.

This is developing news and stay tuned for more updates.

Do you know anyone from the this University of Farmington that I can talk to learn more? Please reach out via comments below.

I’m sure you all remember the Tri-Valley and Herguan University Raid.