A student who comes to UConn after studying at another U.S. school can maintain valid F-1/J-1 visa status through the SEVIS transfer process. A SEVIS transfer happens when your current school gives your new school (UConn) access to your SEVIS record, and then UConn can issue a Form I-20/DS-2019 for you.
If you qualify for a SEVIS transfer, you keep the same SEVIS number and you may remain in the U.S. during the time between programs. Your current school DSO or ARO (International Advisor) should advise you on whether you are eligible for a SEVIS transfer to UConn. Tell your current school about your plans to attend UConn before you request your I-20/DS-2019 from UConn.
Eligibility for SEVIS Transfer
- Admitted to an academic program at the University of Connecticut.
- Your current school must transfer your SEVIS record before the end of your 60-day grace period.
- Your UConn program must begin within 5 months of your last date of study or OPT work.
- You must maintain your legal F-1/J-1 status prior to transferring. If your current SEVIS record is not in “active” status, your DSO/ARO at your current school must contact UConn International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) before transfer.
- J-1 Students must consult with their current ARO and UConn International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) before requesting transfer of SEVIS record to confirm transfer eligibility.
- Receive Admission the University of Connecticut.
- Forward the SEVIS Transfer Release Form (see above) to your current school international advisor/DSO. Ask your current school to transfer your active F-1 SEVIS record by the transfer deadline. J-1 Students: Ask your ARO at your current school to contact UConn International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) to regarding your SEVIS transfer timing.
- Submit the SEVIS Transfer Release Form to UConn along with your I-20/DS-2019 request in the ISSS portal.
- PLEASE NOTE: The University of Connecticut has multiple campuses and SEVIS school codes. Please choose the appropriate school code based on the campus of your admission (see admission letter).
- F-1 students: UConn will process a “transfer pending” I-20. UConn cannot issue your form I-20 until the transfer release date indicated by you and your advisor on your SEVIS Transfer Release Form. If you are traveling between programs, you will need your transfer pending I-20 to reenter the U.S. and you may be restricted to reentering only 30 days prior to the new I-20 start date.
- J-1 students: ISSS will process a new Form DS-2019 for your UConn program. If you are traveling outside the U.S. between programs, you will need your new DS-2019 to reenter the U.S.
Students on Post Completion OPT
If you are on post-completion OPT through another school and gain admission to UConn, your old school can transfer your SEVIS record to UConn if you meet the standard transfer eligibility criteria. Your OPT will end and your EAD cannot be used as of the day that your old school releases your SEVIS record to UConn. Please plan accordingly.
Students with Inactive SEVIS records
If your SEVIS record is currently in TERMINATED, COMPLETED, INVALID or NO SHOW status, please do not ask your current school to transfer your SEVIS record. Please ask your current DSO/ARO (International Advisor) to contact International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at 860-486-3855 or email@example.com to discuss your record.