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ACICS Loss of Accreditation

Options for Impacted Students

Attorney Murali Bahsyam explain what the impact of ACISC Loss of Accreditation for following Category of Folks Impacted:

  • Prospective students (who just got Visa)
  • Current Students in First to Last Semester
  • Recent Graduates on OPT
  • Students on OPT (About to Apply for STEM OPT)
  • Students on STEM OPT Extension
  • H1B and H4 Workers
  • Green Card Applicants

When you watch the video interview you will see the sort of impact it can have on your current vs future status.

There are a couple of categories of student who are most impacted.

We have discussed these scenarios based on information and guidelines available for us. As more details, clarity becomes available, the contents of this guide will be updated.

Here's the sample list of questions covered in this interview:

  • I just got the visa for NPU, Can I come to the US and transfer university? What will happen at the Port of Entry?
  • I Applied for OPT, will USCIS approve initial 12 months OPT?
  • I’m on OPT, what’s the impact? My OPT is going to expire, I’m going to apply for STEM OPT Extension. Can I Apply? If not, what are my options?
  • I am working in STEM OPT Extension. What’s the impact on my current status?
  • I have graduated from my university when it was Accredited, Am I eligible for Applying H1B Visa under MASTER CAP?
  • I have already completed my masters in computer science, but did not apply for the OPT till now. Shall I apply for double masters now or can apply for OPT?
  • I've been approved for 17 months of opt extension and extra 7 months recently. I've I20, employment letter, valid visa, pay stubs, EAD cards. I'm visiting my family in India right now. Would there be any problem with my re-entry?
  • Will my degree be considered as an accredited master's degree? (Should I can consider myself as a person holding a Master’s degree or not?)
  • Can I go for further education using my current degree by ACICS?
  • Can I apply for H1B (Masters Quota) on my OPT period (April 2017)?
  • What is the chances of getting new accreditation before Dec'17 as it is a lengthy process? (So I can then apply for OPT extension).
  • How long does it usually take for an institution to get new accreditation?
  • In case, if my college gets new accreditation in the next couple of months or before dec'17, Will my degree be considered as valid? Can I be considered as a valid H1B visa application for Masters Quota?
  • Transfer Questions:
  • Can you please suggest me any universities that are accepting transfer admissions now?
  • I have 6 months left to Graduate. So, what should I do? Please suggest me the best option should I continue or should I apply for transfer?


Frequently Asked Questions


What's Included in the Course?
Interview with Immigration Attorney Murali Bahsyam, discussing the available options for students attending and graduated from Schools Accredited by ACICS. Refer to the Course Curriculum for additional details.
What if I still have unanswered Questions?
We have covered options for someone who is yet to attend ACICS schools to someone who is about to apply for Green Card. There maybe user specific scenarios and it's difficult to cover everyone's situation. If you further have questions, you can contact Attorney Murali Bashyam via Ask An Attorney service.

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