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F-1: Transfer Out

Universities are required to inform US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of all F-1 transfers from one school to another, regardless of whether or not the student intends to travel outside of the United States.  An F-1 transfer means that you entered the U.S. on one school’s I-20, and you are changing to the I-20 of another school.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): 8 CFR 214.2 (f)(8)(i)

You must currently be maintaining F-1 status
If you have already graduated and are not on OPT, you must be within your 60-day grace period.
You must have proof of admissions to your new institution
Student will start the new program with the first available session, which begins within five months of whichever following date is earlier: Student is on post-completion optional practical training (OPT), and will resume classes within five months of whichever following date is earlier:
Transfer Release Date. Transfer Release Date.
Current program completion date in the SEVIS record. Authorized OPT end date.

Steps to Requesting a Transfer Out
Prior to submitting your transfer out request to ISSS, we encourage you to reach out to your new institution to request their transfer-in deadline and transfer-in form in. Once you have your transfer-in form and transfer deadline, please complete the following steps:
  1. Log into your ISSS portal and go to tab 4
  2. Click on the circle icon with an arrow inside title Transfer Out
  3. Fill out information regarding new institution and select a date that you wish your record to be transferred over
  4. Read through the information
  5. Upload your admissions letter and transfer-in form
  6. Fill in the your start date for your new institution
  7. Hit Submit
Please note that it may take up to 7-10 business days to process your request, please plan accordingly. Lastly, your SEVIS release date is the date that your new institution will receive your SEVIS record meaning you should expect your new I-20 from your new institution after this date.

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