An F-1 transfer procedure is an immigration, not an academic, procedure. It applies to any international student who is currently in lawful F-1 status and has an active F-1 SEVIS record at one school who intends to begin full-time studies at another school. Since the student intends to be a full-time student at another institution, his/her F-1 sponsorship must be transferred from the old to the new institution.
F-1 students currently under the immigration sponsorship of another U.S. institution who intend to begin full-time studies at Teachers College must arrange to have their F-1 records transferred to Teachers College. For more information about the F-1 transfer process for incoming students, please go to the 'New Students' section of this web site. Incoming students must initiate a request for Initial I-20 Request via your TC-Compass and an F-1 Transfer form to arrange for transfer of their F-1 sponsorship to Teachers College.
If you are an F-1 student currently enrolled at Teachers College, you should arrange to have your F-1 records 'transferred out' if you intend to begin full-time studies at another academic or language institution. You can submit this request by submitting the SEVIS Transfer Out Eform via TC-Compass.
This procedure should be followed once you have completed your studies at TC and/or any period of post-completion Optional Practical Training for which you have been authorized and intended to use. Under F-1 regulations, you must begin studies at your new institution within five (5) months of your last day of studies and/or your OPT completion date. Also, if your new institution maintains multiple campuses, please let us know which campus you will be attending.
You are eligible to transfer your F-1 sponsorship to another school if you:
Under the SEVIS database system, the transfer process is handled electronically. If you are in valid F-1 status, TC will 'release' your SEVIS record to your new school. Only after your SEVIS record is released to your new school can the new school issue you an I-20 for your new program. Therefore, you must be very sure what school you are transferring to and when you will begin studies.
To request that TC 'release' your record to another school, please contact the OISS no later than 60 days after you have completed studies at TC, or 60 days after the expiration of your I-20 or your authorized period of OPT. The transfer process cannot be completed if your F-1 records are not released to another school within 60 days after you complete your studies, or your I-20 or OPT expiration date.