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Update on detention of Indian students in the US

February 05, 2019

  • Government of India has continued to closely monitor and take proactive measures to deal with the detention of Indian students enrolled in a fraudulent university in the U.S.
  • According to U.S. Government statistics, 129 Indian nationals had been administratively arrested as on 31 January in connection with their enrollment at the ‘university’. As on date, our Embassy and Consulates have obtained consular access to the 117 of them, by proactively visiting 36 different detention sites through the length and breadth of the country. Consular access to the remaining students, estimated at about a dozen, are continuing, including through the 24/7 helpline set up by the Embassy and outreach to the community.
  • Assistance is being extended to the Indian students in obtaining legal advice and connecting them to community support services.
  • We remain in touch with the U.S. authorities, both at the federal and local level, to ensure and satisfy ourselves about humane and dignified treatment of the Indian students and custom-sensitive dietary and living arrangement for them during the period of their detention.
  • Government of India continues to attach high priority to the well-being of the detained students and will remain constantly engaged with the U.S. authorities and other stakeholders, to address the issue.
New Delhi
February 05, 2019

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