I am writing this post to help people with the student status verification process. A lot of people face the issue with verification process and like me have the scores withheld by ecfmg until the process is complete.
To begin, I am a final year medical student from India. When we apply for step 1 via IWA, at the end of the application, we are presented with form 183 (if the medical college does not participate in ECFMG medical school web portal) or form 186 ( if the medical college participates in the web portal). After numerous calls with ECFMG representatives, the information I have got was this. When your form 183 or 186 as a medical student is processed, it is valid for a period of six months. Meaning that within six months of submitting the form, you will be considered enrolled in medical school and ECFMG will not need verification again to release your score. But if your eligibility period/exam date falls beyond six months of submitting the form, your status has expired and ECFMG will require you to be verified again. The process involves ECFMG sending a verification form to the medical college which has to be signed by the official representative and sent back by the college. The only problem is ECFMG does not notify us when the form will be sent, and if you are from a medical college that does not have good administrative staff (like mine), the medical college does not send the form back to ECFMG by themselves/or notify us if anything arrived. We have to follow up the process with the medical college and fall behind them until the work is done.
So anyways bottom line is, if you need your scores on time, and its beyond six months when you submitted the form 183, you have to follow up with your college to make sure the verification form is sent, because only after it is processed again (which takes 10-15 business days) will your score be released.
Good luck folks