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“University of Northern New Jersey” Visa Fraud Sting Operation Shutdown after Arrest of 21

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) announced on April 5, 2016, that the “University of Northern New Jersey” (“UNNJ”) had been a sting operation for the past two-and-a-half years. Run by Homeland Security Investigations Newark, UNNJ had a plausible website and an address in Cranford, New Jersey. Twenty-one persons, characterized as brokers, recruiters, and employers, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and alien harboring. Over 1,000 foreign students had been enrolled at UNNJ.

ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (“SEVP”) announced that it was terminating the initial and active student records of nonimmigrant students enrolled at UNNJ. The records of approximately 60 former UNNJ students who have transferred to other schools also will be terminated. SEVP will notify students of their termination by letter. Terminated students may have the option of applying to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) for reinstatement. Students who decide not to apply for reinstatement, or whose reinstatement applications are denied, may be required to leave the United States immediately or seek other relief. Students can obtain additional information from the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400, which is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) from Monday to Friday, except holidays. The Center is closed from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday for system maintenance.

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William J. Manning, Jackson Lewis, Employment Immigration Lawyer, Visa Strategies Attorney

William J. Manning is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has been advising both U.S. and foreign employers with regard to immigration matters since 1986. Mr. Manning established the Jackson Lewis Immigration practice in 1998.

Mr. Manning’s practice covers all aspects of employment-based immigration into the United States. He works closely with employers to structure their immigration programs and develop long-term visa strategies for key employees. He has extensive experience in...