William & Mary

F-1 Transfers

If you are a student in F-1 status who decides to attend another school, you must follow this immigration process to have your SEVIS record (and I-20) transferred to the new school you will attend. The process is the same if you're transferring before or after you graduate.

Transferring your Immigration Record to William & Mary

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

How to Transfer your Immigration Record to W&M

Step 1: You must be accepted by W&M first. Once you receive your acceptance and are sure that you plan to attend W&M, you should contact your current school's international student advisor to ask that the advisor transfer your SEVIS record to W&M. Your advisor will need this information:

  • Search for “The College of William and Mary” in SEVIS.
  • SEVIS School Code for W&M Campus: WAS214F10684000
  • SEVIS School code for the School of Marine Science (VIMS) Campus: WAS214F10684001

Step 2: The advisor at your current school must set a future “release date” in SEVIS. This is the date that your immigration record will be released from the control of your 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: After you have completed your I-20 request in iStart, the international student advisor at the Reves Center at W&M will access your SEVIS record and issue a W&M Transfer Pending I-20.

Step 4: You will complete your immigration check-in. Do this as early as possible, but no later than 15 days after your program start date.

Step 5: The advisor at the Reves Center at William & Mary will complete the transfer in SEVIS and register your immigration record.

Remaining in the U.S. and Travel

If your record has successfully been transferred to William & Mary, and W&M has issued your I-20, you can remain in the U.S, as long as your W&M program begins within 5 months of the end date of your current program or OPT.
If you are traveling abroad after your current program or OPT ends but before your program at W&M begins, you must re-enter the United States with an I-20 from W&M. 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, you do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa unless your current visa has expired. If a new visa is required, you must apply for one using your new Transfer Pending I-20 from W&M.

SEVIS Fee

If your SEVIS record has been released to W&M, and you are using the new Transfer Pending I-20 from W&M, you do not need to pay the SEVIS (I-901) Fee.

OPT

If you are on OPT, your OPT automatically ends the date your SEVIS record has been released from your new school to W&M, if it has not already expired.

Students: Please notify the [[globe, Reves Center]] if you have travel plans so we can coordinate your I-20 issuance and mailing.

Transfers from William & Mary to another School

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

How to Transfer to another School

Step 1: Login to iStart using your W&M ID and Password. Click on F-1 Student Services in the menu on the left-hand side. Click on Transfer Out Request and complete the form. You will need to upload a copy of your acceptance letter or email.

Step 2: The Reves Center approves the transfer request 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 their international orientation, to allow them to maximize use of OPT.

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

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

Travel

If your record has successfully been transferred to your new school, and your new school has issued your I-20, you can remain in the U.S, as long as your new program begins within 5 months of the end date of your W&M program or OPT.
If you travel abroad after your W&M program or OPT ends but before the program at your new school begins, you must re-enter the U.S. with your new school's Transfer Pending I-20. If you are on OPT, you may travel abroad using your W&M current I-20 unless your SEVIS record has already been released by W&M.

Visa

When traveling abroad, you do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa unless your current visa has expired. If a new visa is required, you must apply for one using your new school’s Transfer Pending I-20.

SEVIS Fee

If your SEVIS record has been released to your new school, and you are using the new Transfer Pending I-20 they give you, you do not need to pay the SEVIS (I-901) Fee.

OPT

If you are on OPT, your OPT automatically ends the date your SEVIS record has been released from W&M to your new school, if it has not already expired.

Students: Please notify the [[globe, Reves Center]] if you have travel plans so we can coordinate your record transfer.