Transfer to Another University

  • As an F-1 or J-1 visa holder, your immigration record in SEVIS is under IUP’s control as long as you are in status.

    Once you graduate, or complete Optional Practical Training, you have five months in which you are still in status and can transfer to and begin another program. Although you are beginning a new program, you still need to get IUP’s international office to transfer your immigration record in SEVIS to the new school.

    Note: Your record can only be transferred once. Please decide which school you will attend before asking our office to complete a transfer form.

    Student Checklist

    • Make sure you have a zero balance with IUP.
    • Get accepted to a new school.
    • Submit a transfer form for one school to the Office of International Education.
    • The transfer form for new school will be completed and faxed/mailed directly to the new school. The form will not be given back to the student.

    Office of International Education Checklist

    • Verify legal status at IUP.
    • Verify no money is owed to IUP.
    • If everything is in order, then:
      • Student’s SEVIS record will be transferred to the new school at the end of the semester or immediately if student has completed IUP program.
      • An I-20 will be issued by new school once it has accessed student’s file (day after SEVIS release date from IUP).
      • The new I-20 will read, “Transfer pending from: Indiana University of Pennsylvania.” Don’t worry! You have been transferred to your new school. Once activated and registered by your new school during orientation, your I-20 and SEVIS record will then read, “Continued attendance at this school.”