Thursday, January 07, 2016

US varsity blames Air India, students for visa mess

Washington: A US university, whose Indian students faced deportation in recent weeks, has blamed Air India and some of the deported students for the prevailing confusion on the issue.
"I want to share with everyone my strong belief that these difficulties arose solely because of the actions of Air India," Peter Hsieh president of the Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) said in an email to its students.
"At this time, we do not know why Air India has undertaken these actions to cause irreparable harm to our university and tarnish its reputation and incite great distress in our students and their families...we can only speculate as to Air India's motives and assume Air India's recent actions are related to their precarious financial position," he said.
Hsieh alleged that Air India is preventing students from boarding the plane because of the fear of financial burden in case students are deported from the US.
"We have been informed that many, but not all, are going through secondary inspection. As long as students have proper documentation and are able to answer questions, they are being allowed into the US. They also report that this is not limited to NPU or F-1 students, but also to other foreign traveller on H-1 visa and the like," Hsieh said.
06/01/16 Tribune
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