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F-1 Transfers

Students currently in F-1 status who decide to attend another school must follow SEVIS transfer procedures to ensure that their SEVIS (or electronic immigration) record is likewise transferred to the new school they will attend. The same process is followed for students who finish a degree and then start a new degree program at a new school as for students who transfer to a new school to continue a previous degree.

Transfers to William & Mary

To be eligible to transfer to W&M, an international student must be in valid F-1 student status with an active SEVIS record, and must begin their new program within 5 months of the end date of their current program or OPT.

How to Transfer to W&M

Step 1: The student must inform his/her current international student advisor that he/she will begin study at William & Mary, and request that the advisor complete the Transfer Verification Form (pdf).

Step 2: The advisor at the student’s current school completes the form and sets a future “release date” in SEVIS. This is the date that the record will be released from the control of the current school and made available to W&M.

The release date is usually set for the end of the semester, after final exams. The date may be set within a grace period (i.e. 60 days after completion of program or OPT). Students on OPT may want to select a release date closer to start of international orientation so as to allow them to maximize use of OPT.

Step 3: The international student advisor at the Reves Center at W&M will access the SEVIS record and issue a W&M Transfer Pending I-20.

Step 4: The student will come to orientation check-in, bringing all copies of previous I-20s (SEVIS and Pre-SEVIS) from previous school(s)

Step 5: The advisor at the Reves Center will complete the transfer in SEVIS and issue an updated I-20 within 30 days of semester start date.

Regulations
Travel

Students traveling abroad after their current program or OPT ends but before their program at W&M begins must re-enter the United States with the W&M Transfer Pending I-20. Students on OPT may travel abroad on their current I-20 unless their SEVIS record has been released to W&M.

Visa

When traveling abroad, students do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa unless their current visa is expired. The school name on the visa and the I-20 simply have to match for initial entry in F-1 status (i.e. the first time the student enters in F-1 status). If a new visa is required, the W&M Transfer Pending I-20 must be used.

SEVIS Fee

Students in “transfer status” do not need to pay the SEVIS (I-901) Fee.

OPT

For students on OPT, the date their SEVIS record has been released to W&M is the date their OPT is voided if it has not already expired.

Students: You must notify the Reves Center [[globe]] if you have travel plans!

Transfers from William & Mary to another School

To be eligible to transfer to another school from W&M, an international student must be in valid F-1 student status with an active SEVIS record, and must begin their new program within 5 months of the end date of their current program or OPT.

How to Transfer to another School

Step 1: The student must inform the Reves Center that he/she will begin study at the new school, and provide the following documents/information:

  • a copy of the admission letter to the new school
  • an email to the Reves Center requesting a transfer of the SEVIS record and on what date it should be transferred
  • the new school's transfer form (if the school requires one)

Step 2: The Reves Center then completes the transfer form and sets a "release date" in SEVIS.
This is the date that the record will be released from the control of W&M and made available to the new school.

Release dates are usually set for the end of the semester, after final exams. Release dates may be within a grace period (i.e. 60 days after completion of program or OPT). Students on OPT may want to select a release date closer to start of international orientation, so as to allow them to maximize use of OPT.

Step 3: The international student advisor at the new school will access the SEVIS record and issue a Transfer Pending I-20.

Step 4: The student should follow the instructions from new school regarding check-in and SEVIS registration.

Regulations
Travel

Students traveling abroad after their current program or OPT ends but before their program at their new school begins, must re-enter the U.S. with the new school's Transfer Pending I-20. Students on OPT may travel abroad on their current I-20 unless their SEVIS record has already been released by W&M.

Visa

When traveling abroad, students do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa unless their current visa has expired. The school name on the visa and the I-20 simply have to match for initial entry in F-1 status (i.e. the first time the student enters in F-1 status). If a new visa is required, the new school’s Transfer Pending I-20 must be used.

SEVIS Fee

Students in “transfer status” do not need to pay the SEVIS (I-901) Fee.

OPT

For students on OPT, the date their SEVIS record has been released from W&M is the date OPT is voided, if it has not already expired.

Students: Please notify the [[globe, Reves Center]] if you have travel plans!