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.
  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.
  4. Submit the paperwork to ISSS during walk-in advising hours or by appointment.

ISSS will release your record to the new school. You will then need to contact the new school regarding steps for completing the transfer.

The transfer release date is usually the day after the current quarter's end date. Please consult the international student advisor to request a different transfer release date or if you are a student who is 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.

On the transfer release date, the new school will have access to your SEVIS record and will be able to issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019 for their program. Your UC Santa Cruz I-20 or DS-2019 will no longer be valid. If you are currently on OPT or AT and you decide to transfer to a new program, your authorization will end effective 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.