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Transfer

For the Fall 2016 quarter, the deadline to submit the I-20/DS-2019 request packet to transfer your immigration record is September 1, 2016.

First of all, congratulations.  We’re happy to have you joining the Bronco family.

But, yes, there is more for you to do.  You must also make sure that your status is transferred to the SCU ISS office.  Simply transferring academically is not enough.

Transfer Process:

Work with your current school’s ISS Office and tell them that you are leaving to go to SCU and that you need them to transfer your government record.

First read about any unique situations regarding your status to understand a bit more about how the process will go for you.

Limitation

F-1 Students

J-1 Students

Limitation

If you complete a course of study (or OPT), you are eligible for transfer through the end of the 60-day grace period.

If you complete a course of study (or Academic Training), you are eligible for transfer through the end of the 30-day grace period.

What happens if I do not transfer by the end of the grace period?

If you do not transfer during the grace period, you will lose your visa status and will be considered “Out of Status”.

Basically, it’s a required notification process that tells the government that you are changing schools and coming to SCU.

First read about any unique situations regarding your status to understand a bit more about how the process will go for you.

Limitation

F-1 Students

J-1 Students

Limitation

If you complete a course of study (or OPT), you are eligible for transfer through the end of the 60-day grace period.

If you complete a course of study (or Academic Training), you are eligible for transfer through the end of the 30-day grace period.

What happens if I do not transfer by the end of the grace period?

If you do not transfer during the grace period, you will lose your visa status and will be considered “Out of Status”.

Yes. See below.  Are you a J-1 Student?  Click here.

In addition to the above, your start date at SCU must be within 5 months following the release date set by your current school, or within 5 months of the program completion date in SEVIS, whichever date is earlier.

Before beginning the transfer process, an exchange visitor should discuss his or her plans with the ISS Offices at both schools, make a definite decision about the transfer, and make sure that all parties involved have agreed on the date of transfer. It may be very difficult to change the date of transfer after the process has been started.

No.  You may transfer from one program sponsor to another only if the purpose of the transfer is to complete the objective for which you were admitted to exchange visitor status and if you stay in the same participant category.

Sure.  Say, “I have the intention to transfer out and  I need you to release my SEVIS record to SCU.”

They should only need SCU’s full name: “Santa Clara University”.

They’ll set a release date for SCU to access your transfer record.  Once your record is released, SCU will issue you a new I-20/DS-2019 document.

If your current school determines that you have failed to maintain status, or if the SEVIS record indicates that you are not in active status, then a release date cannot be set, and the transfer cannot proceed.

Work with your current school to try to get your status reinstated.

We’re sorry that you feel that way. You’ll always be a Bronco to us, and we’re here for you and hope that wherever you go next will help you achieve your academic and career goals.

If you are transferring out, be sure to check with your new school to confirm but the process should be the same as above, except your “current school” will actually be SCU, and your new school will be your "new school."

Disclaimer: U.S. immigration regulations are complex and change frequently.  While we strive to maintain a website that is both current and helpful, Santa Clara University is not responsible for students maintaining lawful immigration status; this is the responsibility of the student.  Links provided do not constitute endorsement by Santa Clara University.