School Transfer


A school transfer is a process by which an international student’s SEVIS record is transferred from one SEVP-certified school to another SEVP-certified school.


Types of School Transfer


Active (in-status) SEVIS record

SEVIS transfer

  • The international student must apply for a school transfer.


Terminated (out-of-status) SEVIS record

Transfer then reinstate

    • The international student must intend to pursue a full course of study at the next available term or within five months, whichever is earlier, at the transfer-in school.

Travel and re-enter

    • The international student must obtain an Initial Form I-20 from the new school. The student must exit the United States and return as an initial entry in a new F-1 nonimmigrant status (initial admission). A student who chooses this option must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for a new visa.


Who is eligible for a School Transfer?

International students can apply for a school transfer if:

  • The student has an active (in-status) SEVIS record
  • The student has a terminated (out-of-status) SEVIS record
  • The student is pursuing a full course of study or is engaged in post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) or STEM Extension
  • The student is in their 60 day grace period of the program end date of their OPT/STEM Extension authorization


Important Points to Remember

  • Students must allow 5 full business days after submission of a complete application for the Center for International Studies to process their request.
  • International students must check-in with their new institution and register for classes within 15 days of their new program start date.
  • International students must obtain a new visa issued for the new SEVP-certified school if the student will travel before re-entering the U.S.
  • International students must start attending classes within five months of the last day he or she attended classes or the next available session, whichever comes sooner.
  • International student must start attending classes within five months of the student’s program end date of their OPT/STEM Extension authorization.
  • If an international student does not report to the new school and enroll full-time within 30 days of the program start date their SEVIS record will be terminated.
  • The international student’s employment ends on the transfer release date (this includes Optional Practical Training – OPT, Curricular Practical Training – CPT, on-campus employment).
  • Once the international student’s SEVIS record has been transferred to the new institution, St. Cloud State University cannot access the record.
  • If the international student decides not to transfer their SEVIS record they must notify the Center for International Studies immediately.