Accreditation of distance education for EB-2

Topic:  Accreditation of Distance Education in USA

Date:  March 12, 2012

Total Time:  2 mintues 40 seconds

Hello, everyone.  This is Rajiv S. Khanna for the Law Offices of Rajiv S. Khanna, P.C, immigration.com.

A number of people have asked me this question in the last few days about how do they tell, if they finish a masters degree online through distance education in the U.S., how do they know if the degree is accredited?

I have looked into this issue because it became such a big issue for people, especially those who are born in countries where EB-3 is very backed up and EB-2 is a much better option.

So I did some review.  This is the best of my knowledge.  I am not an expert in accreditations, but what I see is this.  On the screen in front of you, you see this page where they talk about accrediting agencies recognized for distance education and correspondence education.

This is a page on the Department of Education website.   

http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg10.html

Let me backtrack for a second.

First thing you do is ask the school where you want to go whether the particular program you want to do is accredited and, if so, who accredits it.  In other words, the accreditation agency that is accrediting it.  Get the name, and see if that name appears on this list right here.

Sometimes a particular program or a particular degree might be accredited, but not the whole school, and sometimes vice versa.  So be careful--make sure that particular program is covered by the accreditation.

Good luck to you folks and if you have further questions, log in to the community conference call or we can talk a little bit on the blog itself.