• Impact on OPT, STEM Extension & H1B with ACICS Accreditation issue

    As most of you know, 677 schools and 16000 students were impacted by ACICS loss of accreditation. This is crucial moment for students to deal with accreditation issue. Here i would discuss some risks, options for CPT/OPT candidates, current students who are associated with ACICS institutions.

    Current Students at the ACICS University

    If you are currently studying at ACICS school, there are two options for you.

    1) If you are in 1st or 2nd semesters better to a different school as soon as possible. Your GRE/TOEFL/IELTS will still be valid so that you can apply to other school.

    Your credit may not transfer to non-ACICS schools. You need to start the degree from scratch.

    2) Risky option: You can continue in the university and wait for a new accreditation for the school. Unfortunately, ACICS Universities will be rarely successful in getting Regional and National accreditation. By the time you graduate, if your school is not properly accredited you will be in trouble as you are now.

    If you want to continue in the university, you can do so and your F1 visa status will not be interruped.

    Just Graduated, OPT application is pending

    You will still get OPT approved(as your school still had SEVP recognition) as the school accreditation is needed for only STEP OPT 24 month extension.

    24 month STEM OPT Extension

    If you application reached USCIS on or after Dec 12th 2016, you will still receive the approval.

    Those who apply for OPT Extension ofter Dec 12th will get rejected since your school is not certified by DOE by the time you apply.

    Had a masters degree from a good school and joined ACICS school for CPT

    If you joined the ACICS college just to get CPT and have a bachelors, masters or Phd from another accredited school you are fine. You can use the old degree to get H1B.

    Apply to H1B on April 1st with degree from ACICS

    USCIS didn't issue it's stand on the h1b from a non-accredited agency yet. Most probably there will not be issue with getting H1B for students who already graduated before Sept 22nd as the institutions were accredited at that time.

    USCIS might issue guidance soon on students who graduated after that date.
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      Unregistered -
      On 24 months OPT you have mentioned on or after Dec 12 th,is it after dec 12 th or before dec 12 th please clarify.
      Thank You
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      Unregistered -
      I am student who has done Bachelors from ACICS university. I am trying to apply to masters. I just graduated in december but after 12th december. Is my degree valid to take admission in to other university?
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      Corrections

      24 month STEM OPT Extension

      If you application reached USCIS on or [BEFORE] Dec 12th 2016, you will still receive the approval.

      Those who apply for OPT Extension after Dec 12th will get rejected since your school is not certified by DOE by the time you apply.


      Make sure you review what you write.
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      Unregistered -
      I didn't apply opt extn on or before dec 12 and my opt last date is feb 5th 2017, what should be Best move I can take ?
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      Unregistered -
      Applied 24 months OPT extension after december 12, 2016, it's approved and card mailed to me. Still my 24 months opt extension valid or do i join in 2nd masters. Please help me.
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