Washington, Jan 29 (Agencies): A helpline has been set up by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Indian students affected by the closure of Tri Valley University in California following an immigration scam.

"We have set up an email address and voicemail that Tri-Valley students can use to contact ICE Homeland Security Investigations directly with their questions," Lari K Haley, ICE spokeswoman said.

Haley said any affected student can call the US number 415-844-5320 and leave the voice message.

An ICE representative will return the call, she said, adding that the students can also write to 'SFRHSIFraud@dhs. gov', seeking help.

The University was shut down after a federal complaint was filed in a California court last week.

Investigations by ICE found that while students were admitted to various residential and on-line courses of the university and on paper lived in California, but in reality they "illegally" worked in various parts of the country as far as Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

ICE has called it as a "Sham University".

However, ICE refused to give details of its enforcement action arguing that the matters are under investigation.

"US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for enforcing the nation's immigration and customs laws. If ICE encounters individuals during the course of an investigation who are found to be in violation of their immigration status, the agency will take follow-up action consistent with the agency's enforcement priorities," Haley said.

"If someone is placed in deportation proceedings, they have full access to due process and an opportunity to seek legal relief from removal through the immigration courts.