Important changes to the U.S. International Student Program – Issue of the I-20 for the university-college academic program


As part of our commitment to quality educational experiences, PRODIREKT would like to inform our students and prospective clients of important changes in the SEVP policy. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) now requires international students to meet all admission requirements including English Language proficiency validated by TOEFL or IELS scores.

Colleges and universities may no longer issue Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Status) with the disclaimer “English Language is not required because it will be taught at the school” for degree programs. These schools can only issue I-20s for degree programs after English proficiency has been confirmed. (If the College or University offers English language training the program must be independent accredited from the academic college degree programs).

Any Intensive English Program must be accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training) or CEA (The Commission of English Language Accreditation) for English Language training and it is this school which will issue the I-20. These are the only organizations approved by the United states Education Department and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

PRODIREKT represents accredited, leading language schools who are all members of ACCET and will gladly assist you with English Language proficiency and TOEFL or IELS test preparation. PRODIREKT also provides personalized college placement for our graduates with schools all over the United States.

For your reference, the complete guide to the policy change and links to the accepted accrediting bodies are available below:

SEVP Policy Guidance S13.1: Conditional Admission


If you have any questions on regards of this matter please do not hesitate to contact us.


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