Eleven Indian students are among the 15 arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for claiming to be employed by companies that don’t exist as part of an ongoing enforcement operation.
The ongoing law enforcement operation dubbed Operation OPTical Illusion targets nonimmigrant students for fraudulently using the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to remain in the United States.
OPT enables nonimmigrant students to work in the United States in positions related to their field of study for up to one year, with an additional 24 months if the student participates in STEM optional practical training.
The arrests targeting OPT related fraud were carried out in and around the cities of:
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA
Besides the eleven Indians, the other arrestees, according to the ICE’s announcement of October 21, 20, include two Libyans, one Senegalese and one Bangladeshi student.