tri-valley university shuts down

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.

From CBS News

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. –

Update 1Tri Valley University provided illegal student visa status.


  1. reddy on September 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    can i go for Sullivan university(Ms in Information technology)? fall 2012.
    can anybody sugest?

  2. Sunil on January 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Heloo every one,

    Well i have some of ma friends faced the same situation in Tri valey university and now they realise how stupid it is to get into an university which is not acredited.

    All i can suggent you to join in a acredited university which offers CPT and i would even suggest you a good university in kentucky of which u will be on safer side.

    Its Sullivan university in louisville kentucky which offers CPT and its acredited too

    • kumar on January 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Is it accepting aplications for this quater….

      • sunil on January 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

        Yes it is and its very easy to get it …..go ahead asap to be on saffer side

  3. dave on January 22, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    All the international students registered at this
    University are in same situation. Students need to some body at the
    tri-valley university office to transfer the SEVIS to different
    University, that is how University transfers are done. I heard
    because the University is shut down US Govt/SEVIS Dept has taken
    over the Tri-Valley students. Not sure if hat is true. Any one
    please confirm that or any other news about the SEVIS

  4. monu on January 20, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    . gr8..thank to god that i didnt apply to any univ. for my
    furture study in USA.Students let m tell u something!! nw a days
    EDUCATION is one of d business in USA.. they want ur money.. that
    y.. they give admit to thr university…At present as my opinion
    INDIA has more scope compare to USA..(as u al know obama came to
    india for employment)))

    • vsc on January 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      yes u are absolutely true

  5. katty on January 20, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    I took admission in Tri-Valley University just few days ago
    and they issued my initial I-20, however before i register classes
    with them the university has been shutdown. The due date for
    registration is 24 th January, 2011. Now my question is that how
    can i transfer my SEVIS from this university to another university?
    Is there any grace period for an internationl students who wants to
    maintain their full time f1 status and transfer to another
    university? Is there any way to directly transfer Sevis to another
    university without getting help of this university? what happened
    to current f1 students if university has been shutdown? What are
    the other options for f1 students? Please give legal advice in this
    matter as soon as possible thanks in advance

    • Mir on January 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      Same case for me …..any solution yet ?

  6. harsha on January 20, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    sevis was same on both of my i20's..

  7. Veronica on January 20, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Mine was the same case. Check your SEVIS number on the I-20 from Trivalley and on your old I-20. They may not be the same. If they are different, you may still be in extended OPT status (if it has not expired). The new I-20 is fake.

  8. harsha on January 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I transferred to TRI-VALLEY university for this semester from an other university because I can do it online.Now I am stuck I cant come back to my college or go and attend TRI-VALLEY university classes which is imposiible at this situation.Now please suggest me something to come out of this,because many are saying that the SEVIS are also blocked,if happened so there is no option for students (>2000 students) like me rather than going back to INDIA.I request you to please help me in providing the best solution….

    • se on January 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM

      Harsha ,

      I am also in same situation did u find any one to give proper guidance after this mess? Plese let me now what we can do?

  9. Raj on January 20, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Currently I am on OPT and working as an IT consultant. My OPT will be expiring next month so I took admission in TVU this month and was planning get the CPT I-20 from them. But after reading this post I am confused about what to do? As its middle of January already and I dont think that any college would admit me at this point of time. I am also in process of filing H-1B in remaining quota of 2010 but just wanna play safe. Please advise me on this.

  10. peyman on January 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Someone suggested me to apply to this university.

    What is going on, should I not apply to this university????

    it is a fraud ?!

    • Veronica on January 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      Don't ! They may have gotten too greedy and may have recently started producing fake I-20s

  11. vsc on January 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    HI HSB,

    I paid $2700 on Jan 5,2011 in Tri-Valley University for 3 subjects through paypal.

    How can i get tht money back. can u guide & help me out.

    I'm trying to transfer to Universty of Norther Virgenia(UNVA). Heard tht right now its accrediated……. help me out.

    • Prady on January 24, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      file a paypal dispute for that charge asap

      • vsc on January 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        i have filed a dispute on 20 jan only, they said tht thy need time till 29 january.

        But how can i get money back? what is the procedure to get back.

    • Kitty on January 24, 2011 at 8:34 PM

      UNVA is the same as Tri-Valley. Not accredited. I wouldn't be surprised if its next on ICE's list. Find an accredited school.

      • JChand on January 31, 2011 at 9:53 PM

        Do not Join University of Northern Virginia. It is next on the ICE list as it is a fraud university. It is not accredited by any recognized accreditation organization. It is mentioned in their own website. Please be careful.

        • viren on February 2, 2011 at 7:33 PM

          UNVA you can buy everything. CPT/OPT (5000 USD) dollar, H1 B (25000 USD) donot present in school (3000 USD), university in virginia but attend illigle class in NYCity, presence not necessary. pay money and solve the Immigration problem.

          UNVA is not recognized/acrrediated any where. You can buy degree expensive 13750 dollar MBA

          their is no admission office in SEVIS site of UNVA in Iselin, Jersey City, NJ or NYC (42nd street) they change address every month.

          Ask VCC consultant how to get rich. I lost 20000 USD for piece of degree with no value and H1 B promise.

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