The SEVIS Transfer is different from the academic transfer. In a SEVIS Transfer, a student may be changing from one academic level to another (i.e. high school to college) or within the same academic level (i.e. sophomore in college to sophomore in college). The SEVIS Record will be transferred; however, you will maintain the same SEVIS ID Number. If all transfer procedures are followed, you should not need to pay the SEVIS Fee again and any valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp you possess at the time of the transfer will remain valid until the printed date of expiration of the visa stamp.
- Transfer – the electronic transfer of a SEVIS record from one SEVP-certified school to another.
- Transfer-out school – the school that the individual is leaving.
- Transfer-in school – the school to which the individual intends to transfer
- Transfer release date – the date on which the individual’s SEVIS record is made available to the transfer-in school for update and can no longer be amended by the transfer-out school. The date is set in SEVIS by the transfer-out school.
- Program start date – the date the student’s program of study begins at an SEVP-certified school.
For more information about terminology and the transfer process, visit this page hosted by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Generally, as long as F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors (students and scholars) are maintaining their current status, they are eligible for a SEVIS transfer. In the case of a transfer for an exchange visitor, the original program objective must be fulfilled as a result of the transfer.
Requesting Transfer In as an F-1 or J-1 Student:
Students in F-1 and J-1 visa status who are currently in the US studying at another University or who are completing Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT) following a degree program, must seek a SEVIS “Transfer In” to Shepherd University if they wish to begin a new degree program.
To effect the inbound transfer, International Student Affairs will need:
- Copy of the admission letter to Shepherd University with the desired start date;
- Copies of your passport identification page, current immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019), current I-94, and email and mailing addresses;
- Name and contact information for your immigration advisor at the current school; and
- Financial support documents.
Your current international student advisor will receive an email notifying him/her of your admission to Shepherd and requesting information about your current immigration status and SEVIS record and asking to coordinate the release date of your SEVIS record to Shepherd University. Once the record is released, the I-20 or DS-2019 will be prepared and you will be notified when ready to pick up.
Requesting Transfer In as a J-1 Exchange Visitor (Scholar):
Exchange Visitor Scholars wishing to transfer into Shepherd University may do so providing (a) they are currently in status at another sponsoring institution; (b) they have not reached the maximum allowable time authorized in their category; (c) they will continue to pursue the original purpose of their exchange visit; and (d) they have sufficient funding.
To effect the inbound transfer, International Affairs will need:
- Copy of the invitation letter issued by Shepherd University with the desired start date;
- Copies of your passport identification page, current and all preceding forms DS-2019 for this exchange period, current I-94, and email and mailing addresses;
- Name and contact information for your immigration advisor at your current school; and
- Financial support documents.
Once the SEVIS record is released, the new transfer DS-2019 will be prepared and pick up will be arranged. Check-in at Shepherd must occur at or slightly before the start date on the DS-2019.
Requesting Transfer Out as an F-1 or J-1 Student:
If you are currently studying at Shepherd University in F-1 or J-1 status and you plan to continue your studies at another US university, the International Student Affairs will need to complete the SEVIS transfer procedure so that your new institution will be able to issue a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
To effect the transfer out, International Student Affairs will need a copy of your admission letter to your new school and the contact information for that school’s immigration adviser. Once these are in hand, International Student Affairs will coordinate with the new school’s immigration adviser on the transfer of your SEVIS record.
Requesting Transfer Out as a J-1 Exchange Visitor (Scholar):
To effect the transfer out, International Affairs will need a copy of your new invitation letter and the contact information for that school’s immigration adviser. Once these are in hand, International Affairs will coordinate with the new school’s immigration adviser on the transfer of your SEVIS record.