Understanding the Distinction An appeal involves a comprehensive review of an unfavorable decision and the school's certification eligibility by both the original deciding body (SCU or SAOC) and an independent entity, the Administrative Appeals Team (AAT). The AAT conducts appellate reviews to ensure consistency, accuracy in immigration law interpretation, and timely decisions in line with the National Security Investigations Division's (NSID) mission.
If you've 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 (SAOC), you have several options:
Motion to Reopen
Motion to Reconsider
A combination of Motion and Appeal
The decision letter from SCU or SAOC will outline the reasons for denial or withdrawal, your rights, and filing details, including deadlines.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has developed these guidelines to provide designated school officials (DSOs) with additional information about the required evidence, in accordance with federal regulations. This information
is for schools seeking SEVP certification or making updates to Form I-17, "Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has developed these guidelines to provide designated school officials (DSOs) with additional information on the required evidence, following federal regulations. These guidelines apply to schools seeking SEVP certification or making updates to Form I-17, "Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student.
The Citizenship Resource Center offers a wealth of valuable resources and study materials catering to diverse user groups, such as:
Immigrants Aspiring for U.S. Citizenship: Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) seeking to become U.S. citizens will discover a comprehensive repository of information.
Many noncitizens aspire to work in the United States. This page offers a concise overview of employment opportunities for nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories and other eligible noncitizens seeking employment authorization. Each category links to comprehensive details on its specific requirements.
On April 21, 2022, the United States unveiled a critical initiative to fulfill President Biden's commitment to welcome Ukrainian individuals displaced by Russia's invasion. Uniting for Ukraine offers a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members residing outside the United States to enter the U.S. temporarily, under a two-year period of parole.
Employment Authorization and Deferred Action Guidance for U Nonimmigrant Principal Petitioners and Qualifying Family Members
Purpose: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance through the USCIS Policy Manual regarding employment authorization and deferred action for principal petitioners seeking U nonimmigrant status and their qualifying family members with pending bona fide petitions.
You may qualify under the following categories if you:
Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF): If you are a Liberian national who has been continuously residing in the United States since November 20, 2014, or if you are the spouse, child under 21, or unmarried son or daughter over 21 of a qualifying Liberian national.
Adjustment of Status is the process by which individuals present in the United States can apply for lawful permanent resident status, commonly known as a Green Card. What sets this process apart is that it allows you to secure a Green Card without the need to return to your home country for visa processing.