The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) has reversed its original guidance for ACICS schools impacted by ED’s decision to revoke the accrediting agency’s federal recognition.  

Back in December when ED’s decision was announced, SEVP said they would follow ED’s transition timeline and give affected schools 18 months to obtain a new accreditor. However, on March 15, 2017, SEVP began notifying SEVP-certified schools accredited by ACICS that they failed to report their loss of accreditation to SEVP as required in 8CFR 214.3 (G)(2) and were given only 60 days to either secure an alternative accreditor or find at least three other institutions to accept their transfer credits.

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), all schools that are accredited by ACICS must update their Form I-17 to ensure it accurately reflects the school’s operating status, whether a school finds a new accreditor or decides to provide SEVP with additional evidence in lieu of accreditation. Per the notifications sent to schools, the school has until the due date on the issued notice or request to respond to SEVP. Schools have only three response options: 

  • Provide evidence of accreditation by a new ED-recognized accrediting body
  • Provide evidence in lieu of accreditation
  • Voluntarily withdraw from the SEVP participation