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If your school’s SEVP certification has been withdrawn, you will receive a letter from SEVP. SEVP will send the letter to the U.S. address your school has listed for you in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and will explain your options for maintaining your student status. Please follow the SEVP guidance provided in that letter by the given date. If you have any questions, contact the SEVP Response Center:

  • Telephone: 703-603-3400 for general and case-specific questions
  • Email: sevp@ice.dhs.gov
  • Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, except holidays.
  • Please note that the SRC closes for maintenance and testing on Wednesdays from 12:50 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. ET.

At times, SEVP issues specific student guidance for certain schools. If your school is listed below, please click on your school’s name to see the additional information provided.

Silicon Valley University

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools are subject to a review of their certification at any time based on federal regulation.

Silicon Valley University (SVU), in San Jose, California, voluntarily withdrew its SEVP‑certification, effective April 30, 2018, and the school’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access will terminate on June 30, 2018. As of April 30, 2018, SVU is no longer able to issue any new Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” but will retain SEVIS access until June 30, 2018, to manage any current student records.

SVU nonimmigrant students in Active status, including those participating in optional practical training (OPT) and science, technology, engineering and mathematics OPT, have until June 30, 2018, to:

  • Complete their program,
  • Seek a change of status, or
  • Enroll in another qualified program of study at an SEVP certified school.

If one of these actions is not completed within this time frame, the students’ records will be terminated in SEVIS and the student will be considered out of status. If students elect to continue their studies in the United States, they should be advised of their responsibilities to complete a transfer to another SEVP-certified school. If students elect to discontinue their studies, their SEVIS record will be terminated for the reason of authorized early withdrawal.

Students in Initial status who have not yet entered the United States will not be admitted into the United States with the Form I-20 issued by SVU or a visa issued for them to enroll at the school. If that student still wishes to pursue a course of study in the United States, they are advised to apply to another SEVP-certified school.

SVU is responsible for advising all Initial and Active status nonimmigrant students that the school is no longer approved by SEVP. The school is also responsible for counseling the students on possible actions and handling their SEVIS records appropriately.

Nonimmigrant students who have questions about their options should call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400. This number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

American College of Commerce and Technology

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools are subject to a review of their certification at any time based on federal regulation.

On Jan. 16, 2018, SEVP informed officials at the American College of Commerce and Technology (ACCT) that the school’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access will terminate as of Feb. 26, 2018. As of Jan. 16, 2018, ACCT is no longer able to issue any new Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” but will retain SEVIS access until the aforementioned date to manage any current student records.

ACCT nonimmigrant students in Active status have until Feb. 26, 2018, to take one of the following actions:

  1. Seek transfer to another SEVP-certified institution, if eligible,
  2. Change their status, or
  3. Depart the United States.

If one of these actions is not completed within this time frame, the students’ records will be terminated in SEVIS and the student will be considered out of status. If students elect to continue their studies in the United States, they should be advised of their responsibilities to complete a transfer to another SEVP-certified school. If students elect to discontinue their studies, their SEVIS record will be terminated for the reason of authorized early withdrawal.

Students in Initial status who have not yet entered the United States will not be admitted into the United States with the Form I-20 issued by ACCT or a visa issued for them to enroll at the school. If that student still wishes to pursue a course of study in the United States, they are advised to apply to another SEVP-certified school.

ACCT is responsible for advising all Initial and Active status nonimmigrant students that the school is no longer approved by SEVP. The school is also responsible for counseling the students on possible actions and handling their SEVIS records appropriately.

Nonimmigrant students who have questions about their options should call the SEVP Response Center at (703) 603-3400. This number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Georgia Christian University

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools are subject to a review of their certification at any time based on federal regulation.

On June 21, 2017, SEVP informed officials at Georgia Christian University that the school’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access will terminate as of Sept. 14, 2017. As of June 21, 2017, Georgia Christian University is no longer able to issue any new Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” but will retain SEVIS access until the aforementioned date to manage any current student records.

Georgia Christian University nonimmigrant students in Active status have until Sept. 14, 2017, to take one of the following actions:

  1. Seek transfer to another SEVP-certified institution, if eligible,
  2. Change their status, or
  3. Depart the United States.

If one of these actions is not completed within this time frame, their record will be terminated in SEVIS and the student will be considered out of status. If the student elects to continue their studies in the United States, they should be advised of their responsibilities to complete a transfer to another SEVP-certified school. If the student elects to discontinue their studies, their SEVIS record will be terminated for the reason of authorized early withdrawal.

Students in Initial status who have not yet entered the United States will not be admitted into the United States with the Form I-20 issued by Georgia Christian University or a visa issued for them to enroll at the school. If the student still wishes to pursue a course of study in the United States, they are advised to apply to another SEVP-certified school.

Georgia Christian University is responsible for advising all Initial and Active status nonimmigrant students that the school is no longer approved by SEVP. The school is also responsible for counseling the students on possible actions and handling their SEVIS records appropriately.

Nonimmigrant students who have questions about their options should call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400. This number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Westlake Preparatory School

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools are subject to a review of their certification at any time based on federal regulation.

On Jan. 18, 2017, SEVP informed officials at Westlake Preparatory School (WPS) that the school’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access will terminate as of June 30, 2017. As of Jan. 23, 2017, WPS is no longer able to issue any new Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” but will retain SEVIS access until the aforementioned date to manage any current student records.

WPS nonimmigrant students in Active status have until June 30, 2017, to take one of the following actions:

  1. Seek transfer to another SEVP-certified institution, if eligible,
  2. Change their status, or
  3. Depart the United States.

If one of these actions is not completed within this time frame, their record will be terminated in SEVIS and the student will be considered out of status. If the student elects to continue their studies in the United States, they should be advised of their responsibilities to complete a transfer to another SEVP-certified school. If the student elects to discontinue their studies, their SEVIS record will be terminated for the reason of authorized early withdrawal.

Students in Initial status who have not yet entered the United States will not be admitted into the United States with the Form I-20 issued by WPS or a visa issued for them to enroll at the school. If the student still wishes to pursue a course of study in the United States, they are advised to apply to another SEVP-certified school.

WPS is responsible for advising all Initial and Active status nonimmigrant students that the school is no longer approved by SEVP. The school is also responsible for counseling the students on possible actions and handling their SEVIS records appropriately.

Nonimmigrant students who have questions about their options should call the SEVP Response Center (SRC) at 703-603-3400. This number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Additionally, the SRC will be closed every Wednesday from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. ET for system maintenance and testing.

International Christian Institute and Linguistics School

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools are subject to a review of their certification at any time based on federal regulation.

On May 17, 2017, SEVP informed officials at International Christian Institute and Linguistics School (ICILS) that the school’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access will terminate as of June 29, 2017. As of May 17, 2017, ICILS is no longer able to issue any new Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” but will retain SEVIS access until the aforementioned date to manage any current student records.

ICILS nonimmigrant students in Active status have until June 29, 2017, to take one of the following actions:

  • Seek transfer to another SEVP-certified institution, if eligible,
  • Change their status, or
  • Depart the United States.

If one of these actions is not completed within this time frame, their record will be terminated in SEVIS and the student will be considered out of status. If the student elects to continue their studies in the United States, they should be advised of their responsibilities to complete a transfer to another SEVP-certified school. If the student elects to discontinue their studies, their SEVIS record will be terminated for the reason of authorized early withdrawal.

Students in Initial status who have not yet entered the United States will not be admitted into the United States with the Form I-20 issued by ICILS or a visa issued for them to enroll at the school. If the student still wishes to pursue a course of study in the United States, they are advised to apply to another SEVP-certified school.

ICILS is responsible for advising all Initial and Active status nonimmigrant students that the school is no longer certified by SEVP. The school is also responsible for counseling the students on possible actions and handling their SEVIS records appropriately.

Nonimmigrant students who have questions about their options should call the SEVP Response Center (SRC) at 703-603-3400. This number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Additionally, the SRC will be closed every Wednesday from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. ET for system maintenance and testing.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/03/2018