Transferring your SEVIS Record to UC San Diego from another U.S. School

International students currently in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status, must request the transfer of the SEVIS record from the other institution to UC San Diego and receive a new UC San Diego I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1).

F-1 Students:

An F-1 student is eligible to transfer to UC San Diego if they have been readmitted and are in valid F-1 status at the time of transfer.There can be no more than a 5-month gap between schools from the last date of attendance, OR the last day of Optional Practical Training (OPT) whichever is later. The deadline for F-1 students to request a transfer is 60 days after the program completion date or OPT end date, whichever is later.

J-1 Students:

J-1 students who wish to transfer from their current program sponsor to UC San Diego must consult with the International Student Advisers at both schools.

Transfer Request Requirements

Students wishing to transfer their SEVIS record from another U.S. institution to UC San Diego must complete and submit the following:

Transfer your SEVIS record to UC San Diego:

When you are ready to transfer from your current school to UC San Diego, please ask your student advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to UC San Diego. UC San Diego does not use a transfer in form for students transferring into our school. If your current school needs verification of your SEVIS transfer, please e-mail ISPO.

F-1 students: Our SEVIS school code is SND214F00088000. Your advisor can find us in SEVIS by entering “*University of California*” in the Search box. Our school name is “University of California” and our campus name is “University of California, San Diego.”

J-1 students: Our SEVIS program number is P-1-02849. Our school name is "University of California, San Diego."

Submit the I-20 Request Form:

Complete the I-20 Request Form and check off the box: "SEVIS Record Transfer to UC San Diego". You will be asked to enter a "SEVIS Release Date" on the form. This is the date that your record will be released to UC San Diego. Discuss this date with your advisor at your current institution. 

Along with the I-20 Request form, provide the following supplemental documents:

  • Copy of UCSD Admission Letter or UCSD Petition showing readmission
  • Copy of current (no more than 3 months old) bank statement or bank letter and/or letter of scholarship or sponsorship (credit card limits, stocks, bonds (must show enough financial support to cover expenses as listed on the I-20 Budget Estimates)
  • Copy of previous institution I-20
  • Copy of I-94 (front and back)

You may email or send the I-20 Request Form and and the requested supplemental documents to the International Students & Programs Office.

F-1 students will receive a transfer I-20 from the International Students & Programs Office within 10 business days following their transfer release date.

Travel Between Schools

Transfer students may travel and re-enter the U.S. any time between school programs. However, transfer students must re-enter with their UC San Diego I-20 or DS-2019 and not the previous school's document. F-1 and J-1 students must have valid visa stamps to re-enter the US. F-1 students can use a valid visa stamp issued for their pre-UC San Diego institution as long as the SEVIS ID number remains the same. If the J-1 student plans to re-enter the U.S. following the transfer, the J-1 student must apply for a new J-1 visa with the new institution's DS-2019. If the J-1 student remains in the U.S. between transfer institutions and does not leave the country, a new J-1 visa stamp is not required.

Transfer Out from UC San Diego

If you are planning to leave UC San Diego to go to another U.S. school, you must request a "transfer out" from an International Student Advisor by submitting the SEVIS Record Release Form. The Adviser will release your SEVIS record to the new school. The date of your release depends on your program status. For more information, contact the International Students & Programs Office.