Overview
Eligibility Criteria

How to request a transfer for:

Overview

The SEVIS Transfer is different from the academic transfer. In a SEVIS Transfer, a student may be changing from one academic level to another (i.e. high school to college) or within the same academic level (i.e. sophomore in college to sophomore in college). The SEVIS Record will be transferred; however, you will maintain the same SEVIS ID Number. If all transfer procedures are followed, you should not need to pay the SEVIS Fee again and any valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp you possess at the time of the transfer will remain valid until the printed date of expiration of the visa stamp.

Transfer terminology

Transfer – the electronic transfer of a SEVIS record from one SEVP-certified school to another.

Transfer-out school – the school that the individual is leaving.

Transfer-in school – the school to which the individual intends to transfer

Transfer release date – the date on which the individual’s SEVIS record is made available to the transfer-in school for update and can no longer be amended by the transfer-out school. The date is set in SEVIS by the transfer-out school.

Program start date – the date the student’s program of study begins at an SEVP-certified school.

For more information about terminology and the transfer process, visit this page hosted by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Eligibility

Generally, as long as F-1 and J-1 students are maintaining their current status, they are eligible for a SEVIS transfer. In the case of a transfer for an exchange visitor, the original program objective must be fulfilled as a result of the transfer.

How to request a SEVIS Transfer for:

F-1 and J-1 Students Transfer In

Students in F-1 and J-1 visa status who are currently in the US studying at another University or who are completing Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT) following a degree program, must seek a SEVIS Transfer to the University of Pittsburgh if they wish to begin a new degree program at Pitt.

Upon receipt of admissions materials in the Office of International Services from your admitting Department or School, OIS will send you communication inviting you to begin the transfer process. Our SEVIS Transfer In Process is handled electronically through My OIS via an e-form. When you click “submit” on this e-form, your current International Student Advisor will receive an email requesting information about your current immigration status and your SEVIS Record. Once your school has released your SEVIS Record to the University of Pittsburgh and has completed the e-form, OIS will communicate with you further about your transfer-pending Form I-20.

F-1 and J-1 Students Transfer Out

If you are currently studying at Pitt in F-1 or J-1 status and you plan to continue your studies at another US university, the Office of International Services (OIS) will need to complete the SEVIS Transfer procedure so that your new institution will be able to issue a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.

Please login to My OIS using your Pitt Username and Password to complete the “Transfer Out” e-form which is available under the “F-1 Student Services” or “J-1 Student Services” menu. If you are a graduated student on OPT or AT, please login via Limited Services to access the “Transfer Out” e-form.

You must attach your admission letter from your new school to the e-form and you will need the F or J Program Number of the new school you will attend.

You must request the transfer no later than the end of you program plus applicable grace period. If you would like to discuss the transfer out process in more detail, please email OIS at ois@pitt.edu or visit OIS during Walk-In Hours.

F-1 Student Inter-Pitt Relocation

If you are currently studying at one University of Pittsburgh campus but will be relocating to attend classes at a different University of Pittsburgh campus, you must complete a SEVIS Transfer process. To initiate this process, please login to My OIS using your Pitt Username and Password and complete the “Inter-Pitt Relocation” e-form which is available under the “F-1 Student Services” menu.

You must complete the Certification of Financial Responsibility e-form for the new campus to prepare the transfer-pending I-20. The Certification of Financial Responsibility e-form requires you to provide documentation that you or your sponsor(s) can support your tuition and living expenses. Any individual sponsor(s) will be emailed a request to confirm their intention to provide financial support for you. This must be completed in order to process your extension.

Your relocation to the transfer-in campus is not complete until you check-in with the new campus. You will receive information about check-in with your updated I-20.

J-1 Exchange Visitors Transfer In

If you are currently in the US as a J-1 Exchange Visitor and are transferring in to the University of Pittsburgh from another university or research institution, you should contact your Pitt department administrator to complete the appropriate “Transfer-In” e-form.

J-1 Exchange Visitors Transfer Out

If you are currently working or conducting research at Pitt as a J-1 Exchange Visitor and you plan to continue your work or research at another U.S. university or research institution, the Office of International Services will need to complete the SEVIS Transfer procedure so that your new institution will be able to issue a Form DS-2019.

Please login to My OIS using your Pitt Username and Password to complete the “Transfer Out” e-form which is available under the “J-1 Scholar Services” menu. If you do not have a Pitt email account, please contact your department administrator to request one immediately.

You must request the transfer no later than the end of your program. If you would like to discuss the transfer out process in more detail, please email OIS at ois@pitt.edu or schedule an appointment with an Immigration Specialist familiar with J-1 Scholar Issues.

J-1 Exchange Visitors Interdepartmental Transfer

If you are currently working at the University of Pittsburgh as a J-1 Exchange Visitor and you plan to continue your work or research in another department or school at Pitt, you should contact your department administrator to begin the appropriate documentation so that OIS can issue an updated Form DS-2019.