USCIS and ICE  (under the Department of Homeland Security)  formerly known as the Immigration Nationality Services (INS) have recently been looking into ‘diploma mills’ and ‘fake certificates’ in order to obtain immigration benefits including H1Bs, O, and L1 visas. As you might know such certificates are not acceptable for immigration purposes. In case you believe that your certificate was not obtained ‘properly’ or came from a ‘diploma mill’ (one example of a diploma mill was Tri Valley University), please contact your attorney right away.  Our law firm is now starting to see aggressive RFEs (Request for Evidence) regarding such matters. In addition, during the questioning of many of the TVU students, one of the issues that the officers were concerned about was the obtention of an unaccredited diploma in order to qualify for an employment visa. Therefore this is a serious matter. Someone can be charged of immigration fraud for using a ‘fake diploma’ or a diploma obtained from a ‘diploma mill’.

If you are or anybody you know is affected by such a situation, call us on 510 742 5887. Visit us on www.peerallylaw.com for more information on United States immigration.


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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).