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  • How to transfer SEVIS? What is the timeline?

    As we know USCIS is returning rejected cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY2015. There are number of OPT students who have not heard positive decisions from USCIS and would like to transfer to a different university.

    Keeping this in mind, One of our reader Vishwa had suggested below topic

    1. How to transfer SEVIS? What is the timeline?

    Do share your experiences by commenting below. If you have specific tips for readers, do share them as well.

  • #2
    [COLOR=#444444][FONT=Arial]An F-1 student may transfer between SEVP-certified schools. Regulations governing school transfers are in [FONT=inherit]8 CFR 214.2(f)(8)[/FONT]. The transfer process is a way to electronically move Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records and retain the same SEVIS identification (ID) number for the student.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#444444][FONT=Arial]The SEVIS transfer process does both of the following:[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [LIST][*]Sets a date on which responsibility for the student record transfers[*]Helps ensure that the transfer-in school updates and activates the student’s record[/LIST]
    [COLOR=#444444][FONT=Arial]Once the DSO at the transfer-out school releases the record to the transfer-in school, the DSO at the transfer-in school can enter information into the [FONT=inherit]Draft[/FONT] Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status." If the record was in [FONT=inherit]Active[/FONT] status at the transfer-out school, the DSO at the transfer-in school can create an [FONT=inherit]Initial[/FONT] record from the [FONT=inherit]Draft[/FONT] record. The DSO may print a Form I-20 at this time. The DSO must register the student and create an [FONT=inherit]Active[/FONT] record within 30 days of the program start date.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#444444][FONT=Arial]If the record was in [FONT=inherit]Terminated[/FONT] status at the time of the transfer, the transfer-in DSO must populate the fields available in [FONT=inherit]Draft[/FONT] before clicking the submit button. The record will remain in [FONT=inherit]Terminated[/FONT] status and the DSO must recommend reinstatement and print a reinstatement Form I-20. The student must immediately file an application for reinstatement with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unless the DSO put the student into [FONT=inherit]Terminated[/FONT] status erroneously. In this case, the DSO may call the SEVIS Help Desk to request a data fix.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#444444][FONT=Arial]A DSO at a SEVP-certified school must transfer the SEVIS records for any F-1 student accepted at another SEVP-certified school. SEVIS records are government property. A DSO may not refuse to transfer records for a student accepted by another SEVP-certified school for any reason; including financial or business reasons. Please note the SEVIS transfer process is a transfer of SEVIS records [FONT=inherit]only[/FONT]. It does not obligate the school to transfer its own academic records. That is a matter of school policy.



    • #3
      1 u r dso can initiate sevis transfer ..
      2 it up to u r school process


      • #4
        1) u can transfer at any time.. call ur dso..
        2) once ur opt is over.ur sevid remains active.for 60 days.. in that 60 must get an i20 frm another college n trasfer ur sevis to new college.. also one more imp thing if u transfer ur sevis b4 ur opt expiration..u cannot work on opt frm the day of transfer ur opt expires automatically with ur sevis transfer no matter hw many months u hv left in ur opt..


        • #5

          [color=#FFFFFF]รู้ลึก รู้จริงเรื่อง วิเคราะห์แม่น เรื่องฟุตบอลที่นี่ที่เดียว[/color] [color=#FFFFFF]วิเคราะห์บอล[/color]


          • #6
            To request an I-901 SEVIS Fee transfer, visit the 'Check Status' page on, where you will be prompted to enter your SEVIS ID number, last name and date of birth. If there is a valid I-901 SEVIS Fee on your record, a green 'Request Transfer' button will appear under the 'Print Confirmation' button.