Based on the Indian Consulate comments we have tried to put together how the Department of Homeland Security will be categorizing the students. They have mentioned three groups:

1. Those who were complying with the US immigration laws, that is, attending classes regularly;
2. Those who were “duped” by TVU and was unaware of the current situation;and
3. Those who actively participated in the so-called “criminal activities” of TVU.

For each of the above there will be different outcomes.

For those compliant with US immigration laws
It seems that ICE will allow such students to transfer their SEVIS number and move to another school
Those who were “duped” by TVU
ICE will decide the extent the students were involved and will decide either to place them into removal proceedings or allow them to transfer to a new school.
Those who actively participated in the so-called “criminal activities” of TVU
In such cases, the student will be placed in removal proceedings and might face criminal charges.

In order to decide whether the student is in any of the category above, we assume that ICE will be conducting individual interviews of the student. We highly recommend that you schedule such an interview in the presence of an attorney. Please also do not contact any government agency without being represented by an attorney.

The above is based on hypothetical situations and provided for informational purposes only. You should not act or refrain to act solely based on information provided.


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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).