Tri-Valley University Shuts Down after the raid. What’s next for the students? There was an email from a student at Tri-Valley University today
I recently joined Trivalley University about a week back and took a CPT I-20. I was on OPT extension before this. I heard the news that there was a raid on Tri Valley University. What should I do now?
The Primary reason for the raid and shutting down is listed by this student. Tri-Valley was considered as “Day 1 CPT university.”
Here’s the background:
- Students come to USA on F1 Visa
- After completing their Grad School, they get 12 months OPT period to work.
- If their degree is designated as STEM, then they get additional 17 months of OPT.
- Typical students would get about 2 chances to apply for H1B Visa.
- Due to Lottery with H1B Visa, two chances might be enough to get Visa
- When they run out of OPT Extension period, they want to find a way to stay in status.
- While staying in legal status, they want to continue to work with the same employer.
- Universities like Tri-Valley is attracting such desperate students
- They offer degree that will give them CPT to work from day of their first semester
- Som student can start second or third Masters Degree and continue to work with the same employer
- This would continue till the student gets H1B Visa
Why is this an issue?
- A typical university will not give CPT from Day for an F1 student.
- Students are expected to complete 1 year of course work before becoming eligible to work as an intern.
Looks like ICE should have noticed a trend and started the investigation. Tri-Valley university shuts down after the raid.
Due to raid and shut down, this student should consult an immigration attorney to check what options you have, so you can stay in status.
Dozens of federal agents have reportedly raided the offices of several administrators at Tri-Valley University in central California, according to a report.
According to FOX affiliate KTVU, agents from the immigration and customs enforcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the raids were an ongoing criminal investigation into the private school and its administration. –
Federal agents were searching Tri-Valley University and a home in Ruby Hill, both in Pleasanton, Wednesday in connection with a federal customs and immigration criminal investigation, according to officials.
A sign posted at the front of the school states there is an ongoing investigation by federal agents against five properties. The school’s addresses are included, as well as a home in Livermore, one on Victoria Ridge Court and 1371 Germano Way, the home where agents conducted a raid earlier today. The sign lists Susan Xiao-Ping Su as owner of the properties. Su is the founder and president of Tri-Valley University. –