The University of Farmington is a fake university established by ICE agents in 2015. According to government officials, the sham university was created in an effort to expose foreign nationals who use fake universities to stay in the U.S. illegally. Recruiters were paid thousands of dollars to attract students to attend the university, eight of whom are currently facing felony charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. On November 28, 2019, FOX news reported that ninety foreign born students of the fake university have been arrested.
The University of Farmington is located in an office space in Farmington Hills, Michigan where agents of Homeland Security posed as owners and staff. ICE agents used applicants who were caught to promote the university to others in an effort to entrap as many students as possible. These recruiters would promote business administration and STEM curriculums that did not have actual classes to students, mainly from India.
ICE opened the university to issue F-1 visas for $2500 per quarter for graduate programs and an extra $1000 per month for fees. The students arrived in the U.S. legally on student visas, but lost their immigration status once the fake university shut down. Agents collected false student records that applicants used to deceive immigration authorities, and have arrested approximately 250 students in the sting operation since January 2019.