Transfer Out of UCSC

If you have been admitted to a new U.S. college/university/certificate program and plan to transfer your SEVIS record to your new school, you must do the following:

  1. Obtain an official admissions offer from the new school. This letter must include your name and the term you are admitted for and show you have accepted the offer.
  2. Complete university withdrawal process and forward proof of withdrawal confirmation to ISSS (Students who are suspended or barred do not need to apply for university withdrawal, but can send notification of bar/suspension to ISSS instead). *If you have graduated and are on OPT you can skip this step*
  3. Complete the F-1 transfer out request form or the J-1 transfer out request form and attach a copy of your admission letter or other proof of admission showing you have not only been admitted but have accepted the admission offer.
  4. Submit the paperwork to ISSS during walk-in advising hours or by appointment.

For additional information about transferring out, please see the following:

How do I choose my SEVIS transfer release date?

The transfer release date is usually the day after your final quarter's end date. Please consult an International Student Advisor to request a different transfer release date or if you are currently on OPT or AT. For F-1 students, the transfer release date must be within 60 days after your last registered term or the end date of your OPT. For J-1 students, the transfer release date must be within 30 days after your last registered term or the end of your AT. We cannot backdate. 

Is there a deadline to transfer out?

Yes. F-1 students may apply to transfer out during their 60 day grace period which follows your final registered term or the end date of your OPT. J-1 students may apply to transfer out during their 30 day grace period which follows your final registered term or the end date of your AT. Once your records are transferred out, your SEVIS status shows as "transfer-pending" and you are no longer considered to be in a grace period.

How does the "five month" rule apply to transferring my SEVIS record?

Advisors can only process this request if enrollment in your new program begins within five months from your most recent date of enrollment at UCSC or within five months from your OPT/AT end date. If your future enrollment date is more than five months past your most recent date of enrollment or OPT/AT authorization end date, then you need to depart the US during your designated grace period and return to your new college/university with an initial I-20 or DS-2019. Please contact your new school for more details.

What happens after my SEVIS transfer release date has passed?

On the transfer release date, the new school will have access to your SEVIS record. Assuming you have provided all required documents they need from you, your new college/university will issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019 for their program once the SEVIS release date has passed. At that point, your UC Santa Cruz I-20 or DS-2019 is no longer valid. If you are currently on OPT or AT and you decide to transfer to a new program, your employment authorization will end on the transfer release date. You will lose any remaining authorization.

Please also note that after your transfer release date, we will not be able to change your release date or the school you are transferred to. Please contact ISSS before the release date if you need to edit any information.