Washington (Agencies): Finally giving some relief, US immigration authorities removed radio tags of a couple of Indian students of a sham university in California as it asked all duped students to contact them directly to find out their alternatives.

Ankle bracelet monitors of two of the 18 tagged students of California-based Tri Valley University (TVU), about 90 per cent of them from India, mostly Andhra Pradesh, were removed after they went to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with an immigration attorney.

Immigration attorney, Kalpana Peddibhotla plans to take some more Indian students to ICE next week "and is optimistic that this might have positive outcome as well," said an Indian official.

The students had attended a free legal aid site organised by the Indian Consulate in San Francisco in association with the South Asian Bar Association.

Over 1,500 TVU students faced the prospect of deportation following the closure of the school on charges of visa scam unless they can get admission in another institution

For a student to maintain an active immigration status, it was required to show proof that they are making coherent process toward completing coursework and physically attend classes.

For now, ICE has offered the students essentially three alternatives that include report to ICE to be processed for voluntary exodus from the United States; departing the US on their own; and file for reinstatement with US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The first option permits the students "to leave under their own power on a day of their choice, to remain in the United States without fear of being detained while waiting to depart, and keeps their immigration history clean," said ICE spokesman Virginia Kice.

ICE has posted an advisory on the Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) link on ICE's website—http://www.ice.gov/sevis/tri-valley-110118.htm-to tell students how to get in touch with an SEVP representative to receive information about their options.

If a former TVU student applies for recognition at another school, it is the responsibility of the school/college authorities to find an enrolment application and all additional documents typically requested in order to make an admissions decision, including an assessment of the student's finances.

"And they must maintain these documents in the F-1 student's academic record," the memo to schools instructed.

"If a student gains admission, a designated school official should contact the SEVP Help Desk at 800-892-4829 or SEVIShelpdesk@hp.com to manage the student record. Do not initiate a new SEVIS record for the student," it added.

ICE has also informed schools and colleges across the country that the employment authorisation for F-1 students at TVU terminated on January 19.