Transfer to Another School

If you would like to transfer to another school in F-1 status, you will need to request that Georgia State University (the transfer-out school) transfers your SEVIS record to the new school (the transfer-in school). If you don’€™t request the SEVIS transfer, your new school will not be able to access your SEVIS record or issue you a new transfer I-20 from that school.

Please be aware:

  • SEVIS records and academic records are two different and unrelated processes.
  • Therefore, applying to a new school and being accepted does not transfer your immigration (SEVIS) records.

Steps to Transfer-Out Your SEVIS Record

  • Obtain an official letter of acceptance from the new school.
  • Log into iStart
  • If you are unfamiliar with iStart, see the “Welcome to iStart” webpage and video here.
  • In iStart, click on “F1 Student Services”, then the “Departure / Transfer Out″ e-form.
  • Complete the information requested and upload any necessary documents as PDF files.

Failure to request a transfer within the grace period will cause you to fall out of status.  After losing lawful immigration status, you will have to depart and re-enter the U.S. with a “new initial”  I-20 from your new school in order to study in F-1 status at that school.