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

If you wish to transfer your F-1 SEVIS record from UC San Diego to a new institution of study, you must submit a request to transfer your SEVIS record. Please review the guidelines below to learn more about the transfer process.

Check your Eligibility for a SEVIS Record Transfer

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. If the student never attended UC San Diego, the start date at the new school must be within 30 days of arrival into the U.S.
  • The student must be eligible for an I-20 at the transfer-in school


Important note for students on Optional Practical Training (OPT):

  • You 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
  • Your authorization for OPT ends on the transfer release date

Select your SEVIS Record Release Date

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, keeping in mind the guidelines below as it relates to your particular situation.
  • Please note that it may take up to 5 business days to process your request.


Students completing their degree program:

  • The SEVIS Release Date should be after the last day of your final quarter at UC San Diego and before the last day of your 60 day grace period.
  • You can request your SEVIS record release from ISPO after you have received an acceptance letter from your new institution. However it must be received at least five days before the end of your 60 day grace period.


Students on Optional Practical Training (OPT):

  • Students who are on post-completion OPT may use any release date during the OPT period or may choose a date before the last day of your 60 day grace period upon completion 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 dismissed due to suspension or academic disqualification:

  • Students who have been dismissed from the UC San Diego due to suspension or academic disqualification must request their SEVIS record release from ISPO within one of the following timelines:
    • 15 days after the dismissal, or
    • 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.


Students withdrawing from their program of study:

  • Students who are in good standing and have been authorized to withdraw from their program of study may be eligible to transfer their SEVIS record.  
  • If you were never enrolled in the withdrawal term, you must request your SEVIS record release from ISPO no later than 15 days after the last day to add classes.
    • The deadline to add classes is Friday of Week 2 of each academic term.
    • You may verify this date with an international student advisor.
  • If you must withdraw after the Friday of Week 2 of the academic term, you must remain enrolled and remain in status up until the time we release your SEVIS Record. 
    • Please meet with an International Student Advisor to determine the SEVIS Release Date

Important note on changing your record release date:

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.

Request your SEVIS Record Transfer

Request the transfer of your F-1 SEVIS record from UC San Diego to another institution:

  • F-1 students log in to
  • Go to "Services" tab
  • Select "Transfer Out Request"
  • Upload a PDF copy of your admission letter or admission email from your new school

Processing time:

  • Your request should be processed within 5 business days.
  • You can check the status of your request anytime by logging in to iPortal and clicking on "My Requests" tab. 
  • You will be notified by email when your request has been processed and your transfer information entered in SEVIS.
  • Your SEVIS record will not be actually transferred until the date you requested.

Important note on getting your 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.
  • Please ask the International Student Advisor or Designated School Official at your new school for the code.
  • This code must be filled out on your Transfer Out Request in iPortal so that UC San Diego can transfer your record out to the correct institution.

Review What Happens after the SEVIS Record Transfer Approval

After the SEVIS record release date:

  • Your UC San Diego 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 UC San Diego I-20 will be invalid