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accreditation


An assurance from a Department of Education‑recognized regional or national organization that a school’s education meets an acceptable level of quality.
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adjudication


The process that SEVP uses to decide the outcome for schools petitioning for certification, submitting their recertification package or making updates to the Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Students.”
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annual vacation


The period of time, the equivalent of one academic term, which an F student is eligible to take off from school. F students become eligible after completing one academic year and may then take one term of vacation each following year.
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associate's degree


A degree typically offered at community or junior colleges that usually takes at least two but less than four years of full-time college work to complete.
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authorized early withdrawal


A designated school official-authorized temporary absence for F-1 students. Students with records placed in Terminated status for authorized early withdrawal have 15 days to depart the United States.
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bachelor's degree


A degree offered in undergraduate programs at four-year colleges or universities.
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benefits


An application, petition, motion, appeal, or other request relating to an immigration benefit, whether such request is filed on a paper form or submitted in an electronic format, provided such request is submitted in a manner prescribed by DHS for such purpose. Examples include working, driving or obtaining a Social Security number.
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cap gap


The cap is the limit on the number of individuals who can receive H-1B status every fiscal year. The gap is the period of time between the end of an individual’s F-1 status and the beginning of the individual’s H-1B status.
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certification


The process of petitioning the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to enroll F and M nonimmigrant students. Approved schools can issue these students Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”
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certification expiration date


The date on which a school’s Student and Exchange Visitor certification expires.
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