Transferring Schools

UCSB students in the F-1 or J-1 student statuses may transfer their immigration service record in the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to another U.S. institution.

F-1 Students

To initiate the process, you should complete UCSB’s TRANSFER OUT FORM FOR F-1 STUDENTS. The form asks you to indicate the date you want your F-1 record to be released in SEVIS to the new school. Until that date, UCSB has control over your I-20 and SEVIS record. After that date, the new school controls your SEVIS record and can prepare its I-20 for you. You may bring the UCSB “Transfer Out Form” to the OISS Front Counter, fax (893-7132), scan and email to oiss@sa.ucsb.edu or mail it to the office. Be certain to list an email address and/or phone number in case we need to contact you.

The form requires that you provide OISS with a copy of your letter of admission to your new school. If you are on Optional Practical Training (OPT) when requesting to transfer to a new school, you will need to also send a copy of your EAD card with the transfer out form. For those on OPT, please note that the date you request to be released in SEVIS will be the date your employment authorization ends, not the date on the EAD card.

The transfer process will not be complete until you report to the international office at the new school. You are required by immigration service regulations to check-in with that office no later than 15 days after classes begin. Your F-1 student status will not be transferred until after the new school reports to SEVIS that you have arrived. (In other words, the fact that the new school sent you their I-20 does not mean that you have completed the transfer of your F-1 student status to that school.)

J-1 Students

To initiate the process, you should complete UCSB’s J-1 STUDENTS TRANSFER OUT FORM. The form asks you to indicate the date you want your J-1 record released in SEVIS to the new school. Until that date, UCSB has control over your DS-2019 and SEVIS record. After that date, the new school controls your SEVIS record and can prepare its DS-2019 for you. You may bring the UCSB “Transfer Out Form” to the OISS Front Counter, fax (893-7132), scan and email to oiss@sa.ucsb.edu or mail it to the office. Be certain to list an email address and/or phone number in case we need to contact you.

The form requires that you provide OISS with a copy of your letter of admission to your new school. If you are on Academic Training, please note that the date you request to be released in SEVIS will be the date your employment authorization ends, not the date in the Academic Training authorization letter.

The transfer process will not be complete until you report to the international office at the new school. (In other words, the fact that the new school sent you their DS-2019 does not mean that you have completed the transfer of your J-1 student status to that school.)