Some Indian students were deported from San Francisco.
India has taken serious note of the deportation of some students on F1 visa from San Francisco, and according to the minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj, the government is awaiting a response from the State Department on the issue.
Nineteen Indian students bound for two universities in California were stopped by Air India from boarding a flight to San Francisco, earlier this week, reported The Times of India.
Air India said it had received a communication from US Customs and Border Protection agency that 14 Indian students had earlier been deported as these two institutions were “under scrutiny”.
“We have seen reports regarding deportation of Indian students from San Francisco. As per information available with us, the deportations have taken place due to denial of entry to these students by US immigration authorities. Air India has acted as per the advice of US authorities,” foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
“We have strongly taken up the matter with the US government both in the US and in Delhi. We are closely following up the matter with the aim of resolving it at the earliest,” he added.
According to agency reports, the universities concerned — Silicon Valley University and Northwestern Polytechnic University — said they had been told by the US Customs and Border Protection that they had not been blacklisted by the US government or any of its agencies.
The two universities said there was increased security and questioning at the port of entry in view of recent terrorist attacks in the country, reported the Times.
An Air India statement earlier said, “Air India received communication on December 19, 2015 from the US Customs and Border Protection agency that two universities namely Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, and Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont, California are under scrutiny and students who arrived into San Francisco were not allowed to enter the US and were deported back to India.”