International Student and Scholar Services

School Transfer

An international student’s SEVIS record can be transferred from one SEVP-certified school to another SEVP-certified school.


  • Active (in-status) SEVIS record
    • The student applies for a transfer
  • Terminated (out-of-status) SEVIS record
    • Transfer then reinstate
      • The student intends to pursue a full course of study at the next available term or within five months, whichever is earlier, at the transfer-in school.
    • Transfer and re-enter. The student must:
      • Obtain an Initial I-20 from the new school.
      • Exit the United States and return as an initial entry in a new F-1 nonimmigrant status (initial admission).
      • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for a new visa.


The student:

  • Has an active (in-status) SEVIS record.
  • Has a terminated (out-of-status) SEVIS record.
  • Is pursuing a full course of study or is engaged in post-completion optional practical training or a STEM extension.
  • Is within their 60-day grace period of the program end date of their optional practical training or STEM extension authorization.


  • Complete all sections of the request packet including:
    • School transfer request
    • Proof of acceptance
      • The student must provide proof of acceptance into the new institution in the form of a letter/email/fax that includes details of the student’s upcoming acceptance (i.e. starting date, name of institution, program).
    • Transfer survey 
    • Health insurance refund petition, if applicable
  • Drop off or mail the packet to the Center for International Studies for review
  • An adviser will notify the student by email that the packet has been processed, needs more documentation or has been denied.

Key points

  • Students must allow the Center for International Studies 7 full business days after submitting a complete application to process the request.
  • Students must check-in with their new institution and register for classes within 15 days of their new program start date.
  • Students must obtain a new visa issued for the new SEVP-certified school if the student will travel before re-entering the U.S.
  • 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.
  • Students must start attending classes within five months of the student’s program end date of their optional practical training or STEM extension authorization.
  • A student's SEVIS record will be terminated if they do not report to the new school and enroll full-time within 30 days of the program start date.
  • The student’s employment ends on the transfer release date (this includes optional practical training, curricular practical training and on-campus employment).
  • St. Cloud State University cannot access the student's SEVIS record once it has been transferred.
  • If the international student decides not to transfer their SEVIS record, they must notify the Center for International Studies immediately.