Every F-1 and J-1 student has a record in the SEVIS system. This record can only be maintained by one educational institution (university or school) at a time when you are in the United States. Transferring your I-20 involves transferring your SEVIS record from one educational institution to another within the United States. Please note that in this context the term "transfer" means changing universities either in the beginning, middle, or end of a degree program or between degrees. It is important to consult with International Student Advisers at both the old school and the new school to make sure the F-1 or J-1 transfer is handled properly.
SEVIS Transfer to SIUE
SEVIS Transfer from SIUE to another institution within the United States
The International Adviser will release your SEVIS record to the new school. The date of your release depends on your program status. For more information, contact Office of International Programs.
Transfer students may travel and re-enter the U.S. any time between school programs. However, transfer students must re-enter with their SIUE I-20 or DS-2019 and not the previous school's document. F-1 and J-1 students must have valid visa stamps to re-enter the U.S. F-1 students can use a valid visa stamp issued for their pre-SIUE institution as long as the SEVIS ID number remains the same.
If the J-1 student plans to re-enter the US following the transfer, the J-1 student must apply for a new J-1 visa with the new institution's DS-2019. If the J-1 student remains in the U.S. between transfer institutions and does not leave the country, a new J-1 visa stamp is not required.