ICE Arrests International Students Across the United States in Operation OPTical Illusion

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the arrests of 15 nonimmigrant students through Operation OPTical Illusion. The students, who claimed to be employed by companies that don’t exist, who were found to have allegedly participated in work visa fraud to extend their stay in the United States. Most of the students were identified to be from India.

Operation OPTical Illusion

The “OPT” in the Operation OPTical Illusion stands for Optional Practical Training, a program that enables foreign students to remain in the U.S. and gain work experience after graduating from colleges and universities here. Under OPT, nonimmigrant students can work in the