Option 1: Request a SEVIS TRANSFER of your I-20 or DS-2019


  • You must currently be maintaining F-1 status
  • If you already graduated or completed OPT, you must still be within your 60-day grace period
  • The start of classes at UC San Diego must be within 5 months of one of the following:
    • last day of enrollment at your previous institution
    • OPT/AT authorization end date
    • for students not completing OPT/AT period, the requested SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 transfer/release date

Next Steps

  • 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 our institution. Review the SEVIS Transfer Instructions sheet with your International Student Advisor at your transfer out school.
  • 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 submit a request to our Contact Us eForm.
  • Submit the I-20 or DS-2019 request through the iPortal.
  • You will not be able to access the iPortal until at least 24 hours after you submit your 'Statement of Intent to Register.' will need your UC San Diego Personal ID (PID) and password to access the iPortal.
  • The deadline to submit your transfer I-20 or DS-2019 request via the iPortal is August 1, 2019

Required Documents

You will need the following documentation to submit your request. All documents must be in PDF format:
  • Copy of passport information page
  • Evidence of financial support
  • Copy of current I-20/DS-2019 (page 1 only), F-1 or J-1 visa, and I-94 (unless already surrendered at departure)
  • Authorize current school to release your SEVIS record to University of California, San Diego

Important Notes for SEVIS Transfers

  • Your I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued after you have submitted ALL of the required forms and documentation through the iPortal and AFTER your SEVIS record has been transferred from your current institution to UC San Diego.
  • ISPO needs to receive the SEVIS transfer from your current institution before we can issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019, as only one institution can have access to your SEVIS record at a time.
  • You may stay in the U.S. in between programs/F-1/J-1 activities if the SEVIS record transfer procedures are correctly followed. This includes studying during Summer Session. You will NOT require an early start date on your I-20/DS-2019 for Summer Session study if you follow all transfer procedures correctly (see “Eligibility” above).
  • If you plan on traveling between your last program and your program at UC San Diego, you must enter the U.S. on your UCSD I-20/DS-2019.