Several SEVIS records reviewed from among the "schools
of concern" list provide anecdotal evidence that student's
activities upon entering the U.S. appear to be inconsistent with
the educational goals they had presented to the visa officer,
and that I-20 issuing institutions appear to be exploiting the
Practical Training exception in 9 FAM 41.61 N13.4.
¶8. (SBU) A further trend, discovered when derivative F2s
appeared for visa interviews to join their claimed full-time
student spouses, was that certain F1 students were reportedly
studying at the University of Northern Virginia in Manassas, but
residing in Edison, New Jersey, a center of migration for
Gujarati speakers from the Mumbai consular district. For
example, SEVIS ID N0004854481 has an "ACTIVE" SEVIS record at
the University of Northern Virginia, which includes a comment
stating the applicant is authorized to take a one year vacation,
and concurrent "INITIAL" records at Essex Community College, NJ,
and Our Planet Management, NY, which suggest he has submitted
applications elsewhere. However, there are no indications that
he is maintaining active status as a full time student.
Similarly, SEVIS ID N0004297232 shows "ACTIVE" status at the
University of Northern Virginia, with no mention of CPT
authorization in New Jersey, but does show a "DEACTIVATED"
record at New York's Bluedata International Institute without
explanation in the previous month. At the master's level,
students are expected to maintain a course load of nine credit
hours per term to maintain active status. It is unclear how
without performing off-site CPT work, this applicant managed to
commute five and a half hours to attend classes.