Transferring Your F-1 or J-1 From Another US School


Transferring Your F-1 or J-1 Status From Another US School   

If you are currently in the United States at another institution (including high school), and are coming to UCR as a visa student in F or J immigration status, you must complete a nonimmigrant transfer. In order to start this process, the international student advisor at your current school must verify your immigration status. This verification can be completed by following the steps outlined below.

F-1 Students

  1. If you are entered into SEVIS (Student Exchange and Visitor Information System) at your current school, ask the international student advisor to “release” your SEVIS record to UC Riverside.
  2. Please notify the Graduate Division Admissions Office or the Undergraduate Admissions Office of your SEVIS record “release date”.
  3. Once your record is released and you have met all other admissions requirements, the appropriate Admissions Office will issue you a “transfer pending” SEVIS I-20.
  4. Once you arrive at UCR, you will have to complete your immigration transfer within 15 days of the beginning of classes.
    1. In order to complete this transfer, you will need to bring clear copies of your UCR I-20, your previous institution’s I-20, your passport picture page, visa and I-94 print-out (which you can access here) to the document check-in session during orientation week.
    2. You will receive more detailed instructions from our offices prior to orientation. You may also be asked to make an appointment with the international student advisor.
  5. After classes begin, you will be issued a Continued Attendance I-20 that verifies the completion of your nonimmigrant transfer. The ISRC office will email you when you need to pick up this new I-20. 

J-1 Students

  1. If you are entered into SEVIS (Student Exchange and Visitor Information System) at your current school, ask the international student advisor to “release” your SEVIS record to UC Riverside.
  2. Please notify the International Student Resource Center of your SEVIS record “release date”.
  3. Once your record is released and you have met all other admissions requirements, the International Student Resource Center will issue you a SEVIS DS-2019.

 

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