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How to File an Appeal or Motion

Information on Filing an Appeal or Motion to Reopen/Reconsider on a Notice of Denial, Automatic Withdrawal or Withdrawal on Notice

Filing Your Appeal or Motion

If you recently received a Notice of Denial, Automatic Withdrawal (AW), or Withdrawal on Notice (WON) from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) School Certification Unit (SCU) or SEVP Analysis and Operations Center's (SAOC) decision, in many cases, you may file an appeal or a motion to reopen and/or reconsider.

The written decision issued to your school by SCU or SAOC will inform you of the reasons for denial, withdrawal or AW and your appeal rights and filing information, including the filing deadline, and provide information regarding filing a motion. Before you begin assembling evidence for your appeal or motion, please make note of the amount of time available to file the appeal or motion. By regulation, schools denied initial certification have thirty (30) calendar days to file an appeal, and schools withdrawn from certification or denied recertification have fifteen (15) calendar days to file an appeal. By regulation, schools wishing to file a motion to reopen and/or reconsider have thirty (30) calendar days to file following any unfavorable decision (e.g., initial denial, withdrawal, recertification denial, appeal, etc.). You may file your appeal or motion electronically by sending it to SEVP.Appeals@ice.dhs.gov. If you are unable to submit your appeal or motion via email, please contact the SEVP Appeals Team (SAT) and request a fax number for submission. If you received your Notice of Denial, AW or WON by mail or by regulation, you have an additional three (3) calendar days to file your appeal or motion. Therefore, the motion must be received by the 33rd calendar day and the appeal must be filed by the 33rd calendar day for a denial or by the 18th calendar day for an AW or WON. SEVP, however, generally sends notices via email. The petitioner must meet these deadlines in order to submit a timely filed appeal or motion.

See 8 CFR 103.3, 8 CFR 103.5(a), 8 CFR 214.3(e) and 8 CFR 214.4.

Average Processing Time for an Appeal/Motion

The review process ensures that your school's specific situation is given maximum consideration. Because of the complexity of each appeal or motion, and the nuances of each school's situation, we are not able to provide you with an exact timeframe regarding when a final decision will be issued in your case. We can assure you that we treat each appeal or motion with the same thorough review, striving to complete the review in the timeliest manner possible.

If you have any questions or concerns as your appeal or motion is processed, please contact SAT at SEVP.Appeals@ice.dhs.gov and we will respond to your concerns as expeditiously as possible.