UPDATE: Marietta Bible College Reaccreditation Official

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UPDATE 1/13/2015 5:25 PM

After months of struggle the Marietta Bible College says they are here to stay.

The students say they are filled with joy - singing, hugging and laughing - things they haven't been doing since October.

Back in October their certification as a college was revoked by Immigration because of certain paperwork issues.

The scare was that the students would have to return to their home countries.

But Monday afternoon the Bible College says they received a notice from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, telling them they are back to active status and their motion to reopen a petition for re-certification was granted.

"Students do not have to go home, we are in a position to receive more students and we have a few technical things to take care of and then it will all be settled," says Myron Guiler, with the Bible College.

SEVP released the following statement:

"On Monday, Jan. 12, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) granted Marietta Bible College's motion to reopen its petition for re-certification, which returns the school to approved status while the petition is under review.

On this same day, SEVP issued a request for evidence to the school with a due date of Jan. 27. The school has until this date to submit the requested evidence. At this point, the school has not been re-certified by SEVP."

The college still needs to submit the evidence before January 27th to become re-certified.

Guiler says he is not worried. They will be submitting the evidence when he meets with the lawyers Wednesday.


UPDATE 11/20/14 6:00PM

New developments in Marietta Bible College's fight to survive.

Fallout, from yesterday's report from the Student and Exchange Visitors Program that the college failed to properly respond to their request for evidence.

The college says that is completely false.

Marietta Bible Church's Pastor and College President, Myron Guiler says back in September 2013 the college received a letter stating SEVP received their complete information for re-accreditation.

The college says they did not hear anything after that until June of 2014 when SEVP told them the agency they've been accredited through for years, is not on the list of accredited institutions any more.

Guiler says over the summer they went back and forth with the program through phone calls and emails.

On October 9th, a field representative with SEVP came to the college and said instead of accreditation they needed three things.

"Three colleges that will accept our credits. Which we did and also supplied other things. For the representative from immigrations to indicate that we have sat here and done nothing and lost our status is absolutely an untruth," said Guiler.

Guiler says they sent all the information on October 23rd and on October 24th they received an email stating SEVP received the information however, it was not acceptable and was also past the due date.

The church has a team of lawyers fighting this case.

Guiler says they feel like they're fighting for their life and they have the paperwork and emails to prove it.

SEVP stands firm with their statement that the school was given many chances and was notified multiple times.

SEVP says the school failed to get the necessary information in on time.

SEVP PIO Carissa Cutrell issued this statement Thursday.

"The Student and Exchange Visitor Program accepted Marietta Bible College's motion to reopen on November 18, 2014. SEVP is currently reviewing the school's case file."
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Students at Marietta Bible College may have to transfer schools or go back to their home country after the college is denied its recertification with US Immigration.

"We are trusting the lord to fight this battle for us," said Caroline Tom, Marietta Bible College Student from Papa New Guinea.

Marietta Bible College and it's 120 students are praying for a solution.

"She is taking good care of the ministry while I am away. Thinking that because of those paper works, the sacrifice will just be in vain," Jayson Ofrecio, Marietta Bible College Student from the Philippines.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) through the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has denied the college their recertification.

The college says they were told this year the accrediting association that they were a member of for years, is not accredited anymore.

"We were notified in the summer and we went back and forth on this but they told us not to seek to join another accrediting association at that time," said Myron Guiler, Marietta Bible Church Pastor and Marietta Bible College President.

The college says a man from US Immigration came to the college and told them they needed three things: three institutions that are accredited and will accept their credits, a financial report and a statement that the college was a ministry of the church.

"We gave it to the man, that's what he asked for. He said the deadline was not until November first but October 24th we were notified that we were dropped," said Guiler.

Dropped from the SEVP, which gives the college the ability to bring international student to the United States.

"So we went to Cleveland and we hired immigration lawyers and they have put together a package requesting that we be reinstated and it is now in the hands of immigration, they have got to make the decision," said Guiler.

A representative with SEVP says the school failed to properly respond to their request for evidence.

"Can't confirm that they provided anyone with anything, as far as the information I have is that the evidence was not submitted to us," said Carissa Cutrell, PIO for Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

SEVP says the students can transfer schools or they will be forced to leave the country if they do not leave on their own by February 2015.

"It's not a small paperwork issue, this is a huge part of being certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. We certify schools to make sure they are bona fide schools so when you do not respond to request for evidence or re-certification that leads us to believe that there might be other issues," said Cutrell.

The college says it will not only be the students who are affected by this but their families who sacrificed to sent them here for an education.

The school has students from Papa New Guinea, the Philippines and Africa.



 
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