SEVIS Transfer from IU

Transfer guidelines for specific situations

Make sure to request and receive your SEVIS transfer before the start of the next academic term (fall or spring).

You must request your release and the release must be granted within 60 days following the completion of your IU program. You must also start your new program within five months of completing your IU program.

EXAMPLE: If you completed your bachelor’s degree at IU on May 4, you must request and receive a SEVIS transfer no later than July 3 AND you must begin your new program no later than October 3.

You can be outside the country for no more than five months without being registered in course work in the United States to be eligible for a transfer.

If you plan to be outside the country for more than five months and do not intend to register in U.S.-based course work during that time, or have already been outside of the United States for more than five months, you are not eligible for a SEVIS transfer. Your new institution will need to make a new I-20 with a new SEVIS ID for your re-entry, you will need to pay the SEVIS fee again, and you will need to apply for a new F-1 visa per Department of State regulations.

Your OPT will end on the date that your SEVIS record is released to your new institution. OPT authorization is not transferable.

If you intend to have your SEVIS record transferred after your OPT ends, you will need to keep in mind that you must request the release of your SEVIS record and have that release granted within 60 days following the completion of your OPT.