Transfer to Another School

Note:  J-1 students who wish to transfer-out should speak with an ISSS Advisor.

To transfer to another school in “active” F-1 status:

Request ISSS at GSU (the transfer-out school) to transfer your SEVIS record to the new school (the transfer-in school). Your new school will be able to access your SEVIS record and create your new transfer I-20 only after the record is transferred from GSU to the new school in SEVIS.

Please be aware:

  • Your SEVIS (immigration) record and academic record are 2 different things. Therefore, transferring academic credit to a new school does not transfer your immigration (SEVIS) record. It’s a separate process.
  • If you are on approved Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT), your work authorization will end immediately when your SEVIS record is transferred.

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.

Timing:

  • After completion of studies, a transfer is only possible within the grace period (60 days for F1 students).
  • Transferring after the start of a semester at GSU must occur during the 1st 30 days of the semester.
  • 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.
  • Transferring a terminated record will require reinstatement by the new school. This process is expensive and can take several months.