Transferring out refers to transferring your F-1 SEVIS record from UWB to another SEVIS approved institution.
If you intend to transfer to another SEVIS approved institution, you must request a transfer out at the international student portal. When completing the request you will be asked for your preferred transfer date, the new school’s name, and the school’s SEVIS school code (you can ask the school if you’re unsure). In addition to those questions, you are also required to submit your acceptance letter to the new school.
Selecting a Transfer Date
The start date at your new school must be within 5 months of your “transfer out” date in SEVIS or your program completion, whichever is earlier. If the period of time between programs is longer than 5 months, your SEVIS record does not need to be transferred. Your new school will issue a new initial I-20 with a new SEVIS number.
Employment While Transferring
You may only work on campus at the school that has access to your SEVIS record. Check with the international student advisor at your new school to verify employment eligibility. You cannot work on-campus for UWB after the transfer out date.
If you are a student on Post-completion OPT, the new program start date must be within 5 months of your SEVIS “transfer out” date or the end of the OPT authorization, whichever is earlier. Your Post-completion OPT will automatically end on your transfer out date.
Travel While Transferring
If you will travel outside of the US while transferring between schools, you must use the I-20 from your new school when you re-enter the US. It is important to discuss your travel plans with your new school so that they have time to issue your new I-20.
Terminated & Completed SEVIS records
ISS will not decline your transfer request, but the receiving school can send you record back if they will not support an application of reinstatement. To save time and trouble, we will conduct a courtesy call to any school that will be receiving a terminated or completed record. If they will not accept your terminated or completed SEVIS record, you will have to speak to them about how to obtain a new initial I-20 instead.
Transfer-in forms for other schools
ISS does not complete or sign documents that belong to another institution. Transfer-in forms are not a regulatory requirement for the transfer process. If you have an acceptance letter to another school and request a transfer out, we will process your request.