Student and Exchange Visitor Program withdrawn from UNVA

The University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) has been withdrawn from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as of October 1, 2013. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would like to remind any UNVA active F-1 (Academic Student Visa) students that they must have transferred or departed the United States as of November 25, 2013. If they did not respond, their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record was terminated and they must now contact the SEVP Response Center (SRC) at (703) 603-3400 or email sevp@ice.dhs.gov. For more details please review the SEVP memo, “Update for University of Northern Virginia Students.”

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) ordered UNVA to terminate operations within the United States as of July 15, 2013. UNVA was initially established in Virginia in 1998 and was fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in 2003 but lost its accreditations as of August 2008.

Background:
F-1 Student Visa The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program. You must be enrolled in a program or course of study that culminates in a degree, diploma, or certificate and your school must be authorized by the U.S. government to accept international students.

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
SEVIS is the Internet-based system that the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information on SEVP-certified schools and the international students who come to the United States to study in F or M status to attend those schools. SEVIS also maintains information on United States Department of State designated exchange visitor program sponsors and J-1 visa exchange visitor program participants.

Source of Information:
Update for University of Northern Virginia Students – AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 13120242. (Posted 12/2/13)

Update for University of Northern Virginia Students – ICE.gov – The Latest from Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP)

Related Link:
SEVP Spotlight – November 2013

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