This section is intended to help you understand the steps when changing from one degree level to another at the University of Pittsburgh. If you have been admitted to a new degree program at another school, please visit our Transfer page for instructions about how to request a SEVIS transfer another school.
Once you have been academically accepted into a new academic degree program or a new degree level at the University of Pittsburgh, you must obtain a new I-20 while still in F-1 status. You will have a “OIS” hold on your People soft account that will stay there until you obtained the new I-20 and you have checked-in with OIS.
- Must obtain the new I-20 while still in F-1 status (before the 60 day grace period has ended)
- Must have been academically accepted into the new program
- Must provide sufficient financial documentation for the new degree program
How to apply for new I-20
If you are applying at the Undergraduate level, you will be providing all the required documents to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. That office will then provide OIS with your required documents and we will issue your new I-20. We will email you or mail the document to you if you are currently outside Pittsburgh.
If you are applying at the Graduate level, you will provide supplemental documentation to your academic department. That office will then provide OIS with your required documents and we will issue your new I-20. We will email you or mail the document to you if you are currently outside Pittsburgh.
You will be required to check-in with OIS after receiving your new I-20 and or when you have returned to Pittsburgh. You can stop by OIS during Walk-In Hours or make an appointment with a specialist. Please bring your passport and I-20 to that meeting. Once that has taken place, OIS will remove the OIS hold on your account.
If you are starting the new program in the Fall semester, and the Check-in session is not in the month of August, please return in August to fill out another compliance form. With that form, we will register your SEVIS record.