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SEVIS Transfer Out for F1 & J1

SEVIS Transfer Out for F1 & J1

If you are studying at the University of Maryland and want to study at another institution, you must have your SEVIS record transferred. It is important to follow SEVIS transfer procedures carefully because failure to complete the transfer process in a timely manner is a violation of your status. Loss of status will exclude students from benefits such as authorized employment. Contact an ISSS advisor at 301.314.7740 for more information about transfers.

Transfer Implications

Travel Between Studies

If you will travel abroad between the times when you are studying at your old school and your new school you should speak with an International Student Advisor at your new institution. In some cases you may need to receive a completely new I-20/DS-2019 instead of transferring your SEVIS record.

Timelines

Completed degree:

F-1 students must transfer their SEVIS record to the new institution within 60 days of the last day of their program (I-20 end date, or OPT end date).

J-1 student must transfer their SEVIS record to the new institution within 30 days of the last day of their program (DS-2019 end date or AT end date).

Incomplete degree:

If your I-20/DS-2019 is still valid and you wish to transfer prior to the completion of your degree requirements you should speak with an International Student Advisor at your current institution. Individual school policies may affect when you are able to transfer.

Effect on Work

On-campus:

On-campus work may only be performed at the school which holds your SEVIS record. Once your SEVIS record is transferred to the transfer in school, your work must end at the transfer out school.

J-1 students are required to have authorization for on-campus work.

Off-campus:

Off-campus work authorizations such as OPT and AT will end on the date your SEVIS record is transferred to the new school.

Process for Transferring OUT of the University of Maryland

  1. Submit the completed Transfer Out e-form to ISSS via Iterp ( Once you are logged in click F-1 Student Services> Transfer Out) 
  2. Submit a copy of your admission letter to the new institution
  3. Your new school may also require that we complete one of their forms, you may upload that document in iTerp.
  4. Before your SEVIS record is transferred to the new institution, information is requested from your academic department regarding your academic status
  5. An ISSS advisor will review your transfer out request and will initiate the release of your F1 record in SEVIS.  You will be notified via email when the form has been approved, the transfer out will be effective based on your requested SEVIS release date.  ​

Remember... Failure to complete the Transfer process in a timely manner is a violation of your status. Loss of status will exclude students from benefits such as authorized employment.