SEVP’s “Study in the States” website provides the answer to a common question PDSOs and DSOs have about recertification:

Question: May I continue to admit F and M students and issue Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status,” while my school is undergoing recertification?

Answer: Yes, you may continue to admit F and M students and issue Forms I-20 while your school is undergoing recertification.

However, if SEVP denies your school’s recertification, all F and M students admitted to your school must transfer to another SEVP-certified school or leave the United States.

SEVP-certified schools must go through the recertification process every two years. During this process, SEVP reviews a school’s recordkeeping and verifies that it continues to be a bona fide school and remains compliant with SEVP regulatory standards.

8 CFR 214.3(f)(1)
8 CFR 214.3(f)(2)
8 CFR 214.3(h)(2)

For more information visit the “Study in the States” website:

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