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

J-1 students who wish to transfer their SEVIS record from UC San Diego to a new institution of study must submit a request to transfer their SEVIS record before they wish to transfer.


  • Students must request a transfer at least ten (10) business days before his or her DS-2019 program end date
  • Students CANNOT transfer during their 30-day grace period
  • Students must be matriculating to a new school within the same exchange visitor status (e.g., J-1 student to J-1 student; J-1 non-degree to J-1 non-degree)
  • Students must report to their new institution within thirty (30) days of your transfer date for SEVIS registration
  • Students who have applied to the U.S. Department of State for a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement and have been approved are NOT eligible to transfer

Application Requirements

Students wishing to transfer their J-1 SEVIS record from UC San Diego to a new institution must complete and submit the following:

  • SEVIS Record Release Form 
  • Proof of admission to new school, such as your admission letter AND
  • Transfer request form from new school (if your new school requires it)
PLEASE NOTE: If you decide that you would like to be released at a different date, please contact our office BEFORE the SEVIS release date chosen 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.

Approval of Transfer Out Request

The current processing time for transfer out requests is 10 business days, so plan accordingly. Remember that your record must be transferred no later than the program end date on your DS-2019. If and when your SEVIS record is released to the new institution, you will receive an email verifying that your SEVIS record has been transferred.