Transferring your F-1 SEVIS Record from UC San Diego to a New Institution

Students who wish to transfer their F-1 SEVIS record from UC San Diego to a new institution of study must submit a request to transfer their SEVIS record.

Eligibility for Transfer of SEVIS Record

Eligibility requirements for transfer of an active F-1 SEVIS record:

  • The student must be maintaining F-1 status at his or her current school
  • The student has been admitted by the transfer-in school
  • The course of study at the transfer-in school must begin at the next available term or session, which must be no more than 5 months from the end of the student's studies at the transfer-out school.
  • The student must be eligible for an I-20 at the transfer-in school

A student on Optional Practical Training must be aware of the following:

  • The student must be able to start classes at the transfer-in school within 5 months of the transfer release date set by the school that recommended OPT, or the date the OPT authorization ends, whichever is earlier; and
  • The students’ authorization for OPT ends on the transfer release date.

Application Requirements

To request the transfer of your F-1 SEVIS record, complete and submit the following:


How do I select my SEVIS Record Release Date?

The SEVIS Record Release Date is the date that you choose to have your SEVIS record released to another institution. Once your SEVIS record is released, UC San Diego will no longer be able to update or make any changes to your SEVIS record. Your SEVIS Record Release Date should be a date after your last enrolled date at UC San Diego and before the dates indicated below.

Students who have just completed their degree program have a 60 day grace period to legally remain within the U.S. after their degree completion. Students wishing to transfer their SEVIS record directly after completing their degree program must submit their SEVIS Record Release Form to ISPO before the end of their 60 day grace period.

Students who are on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and wish to transfer their SEVIS record to another institution may submit the SEVIS Record Release Form anytime during their OPT period and during the 60 day grace period after their last day of OPT. Once your SEVIS record is released to the new institution, your OPT employment authorization will end automatically even if your EAD card has not expired.

Students who have been dismissed from the University due to suspension or academic disqualification must submit their SEVIS Record Release Form to ISPO within 15 days after the dismissal, 15 days from the date of an appeal denial, or 15 days after the quarter end date of your last enrolled term. You may verify this date with an international student advisor.


If you decide that you would like to be released at a different date, please contact our office at least 5 business days BEFORE the SEVIS release date so that we may act accordingly. If we do not hear from you BEFORE your SEVIS release date, your record will be transferred and you will need to contact your new institution regarding any questions you may have about your SEVIS record.


Where Can I get my New School’s SEVIS Code?

Each institution that has been approved to accept and issue I-20s for F-1 students is assigned a 15 character code that is unique to each institution. You will need to ask the International Student Advisor or Designated School Official at your new school for the code. This code must be filled out on the SEVIS Record Release form so that UC San Diego can transfer your record out to the correct institution.

Approval of Transfer Out Request

An international student advisor will review your request prior to the SEVIS record release date indicated on your form. You will receive an email verifying the date that your SEVIS record will be transferred to the new institution.


After the SEVIS record release date:

  • Your UCSD I-20 will be deactivated
  • You must use the new institution’s I-20 for travel and reentry into the USA
  • Any employment authorization under the UCSD I-20 will be invalid