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Transferring Your F-1 Status & SEVIS Record

To be eligible for a transfer, an F-1 student:

  • Must be maintaining F-1 status at the current school by pursuing a full course of study or be engaged in post-completion optional practical training (OPT) until the transfer release date.
  • Must be accepted by another SEVP-certified school.
  • If you are currently employed through a period of authorized Optional Practical Training (OPT), your employment authorization will end on the transfer release date.
  • You must inform MUSC of any out-of-country travel plans that may coincide with your transfer (whether transferring in or transferring out). If you leave the United States before the transfer release date, but cannot return until after the transfer release date, the DSO at the transfer-in school must send you an updated Initial Form I-20 for re-entry into the US.

Transferring F-1 Status to MUSC

If you are already in the US in valid F-1 status, you may be allowed to transfer your F-1 status from another US institution to MUSC. After you have been accepted into an MUSC program, you must go through the visa sponsorship application process with the Center for Global Health. During this process, you will be required to submit the F-1 Student Transfer-In Form (PDF), which must be filled out by the Designated School Official (DSO) at your current sponsoring institution. Once you have submitted this form and all of the other required documents, the Center for Global Health will review your information to make sure that you are eligible to transfer your F-1 status to MUSC.

CGH cannot issue a form I-20 from MUSC until your previous academic institution releases your SEVIS record. Once your previous SEVIS record has been released, and you have arrived on the MUSC campus, CGH will issue your I-20 showing MUSC as your program sponsor. You will receive this I-20 when you complete the check-in appointment at CGH. If you have F-2 dependents already here you with you in the US, their SEVIS records will automatically transfer when your SEVIS record is released, and CGH will issue new I-20s for your F-2 dependents at the check-in appointment.

Transferring F-1 Status from MUSC to Another Institution

If you wish to transfer your F-1 SEVIS record to another school in the United States, you must complete the F-1 Student Transfer-Out Form (PDF) and submit it to the Center for Global Health. You must also submit a copy of the acceptance letter from the transfer institution along with this form.

On the transfer release date, the responsibility for your SEVIS record transfers to the DSO at the transfer-in school. MUSC will no longer have access to the record to make changes or print a new Form I-20 after the transfer release date. Your I-20 from MUSC will no longer be valid after the transfer release date. The transfer release date will be the completion of the academic semester unless a different date is requested. If your plans change and you decide not to transfer, you can request a cancellation of the transfer prior to the transfer release date.

You should contact the Designated School Official (DSO) at the transfer-in school as soon as possible. You are required to inform the DSO at your new institution of your intent to transfer prior to submitting this form. You will need to ask the DSO at the new institution for the school’s SEVIS school code, which you will enter in the form below. You are required to report to the new school no later than 15 days prior to the new program start date and register for classes. You must request a new form I-20 from your transfer institution.

The transfer of your F-1 nonimmigrant status has nothing to do with the transfer of your academic credits to the new institution. By the transfer out form, you are requesting that the MUSC Center for Global Health transfer your SEVIS record to another academic institution where you will continue your studies.