The vice consular officials are correct. The secondary school is also correct. This is a conflict of laws between the State where you attended your high school and the federal government.
The state may argue that it was compulsory for you to attend high school when you were living in the United States. The federal government can argue that you were only allowed to attend a public high school for a maximum of one year out of valid I – 20 for that particular high school.
The law requires a person who attends a public high school to reimburse it for the costs, when they are not authorized to attend that high school. As a result, there can't be complications.
Such a situation may eventually set up the constitutional lawsuit. You should just discuss this matter with the ACLU office In San Francisco. You will have to persist in your concerns about this subsection of immigration law.
This may be an interesting Constitutional issue for it. However, if you cannot get pro bono legal representation, then it is going to be very costly and difficult to overcome INS section 214(m). Good luck.
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That depends on the conditions set forth in the i 20
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What does the I-20 say?
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