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

Request your J-1 SEVIS Record Transfer

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

  • J-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 10 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.
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.

Review What Happens after the SEVIS Record Transfer Approval

Remember that your record must be transferred no later than the program end date on your DS-2019.

After the SEVIS record release date:

  • Your UC San Diego DS-2019 will be deactivated
  • You must use the new institution’s DS-2019 for travel and reentry into the US
  • Any employment authorization under the UC San Diego DS-2019 will be invalid