University of Northern Virginia closed

Students currently enrolled to study at the University of Northern Virginia received a nasty surprise on Wednesday, July 17, 2013; their school was closing. The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) revoked the school’s certificate to operate late Tuesday, after failing to earn accreditation which would have allowed them to remain in operation.

To those following the school’s troubled history over the last 6 years, the news was not much of a surprise. The school had lost its accreditation with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in 2008, after being audited by the council in 2007. The school was then raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2011, pending investigation into the school’s International Student Program allowing students to attend the school on an F1 visa. The school was later served with a Notice of Intent to Withdraw (NOIW) the school's SEVP-certification. International students attending the school were given two choices: they could either continue to attend classes and maintain their active status required by regulations or transfer to another SEVP approved institution.

International students who remained at the University of Northern Virginia may now regret that choice. With the school closing, international students face limited options and possible deportation. For now, their best option is to try to transfer to another SEVP approved institution, something that may prove difficult so close to the start of the fall semester. Even those who managed to gain admittance to another institution can still have their applications denied by USCIS. Students denied a visa may still be able to return to their home country and reapply for another student visa. If you are currently a student at the University of Northern Virginia and in the United States either on an F1 visa or on OPT through the school, please contact an attorney immediately to discuss your options.

 

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