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Transferring from the UofH to another SEVIS Approved School

F-1 students who are transferring from the University of Hartford to another U.S. college or university are required to notify the USCIS of their intention. Students should follow the procedures outlined below. These procedures are for transferring from one SEVIS approved school to another.

Students Traveling Outside the U.S. Prior to Enrollment in a New School

F-1 students who are in possession of valid student visa, an expired visa, or, who never obtained an F-1 visa because they changed their status in the U.S., should:

  • Before departing the U.S., notify the International Center of their intention to enroll in a new school.
  • Complete a "Transfer Out Form" from the International Center and return it to the new school
  • The international Center will "Release" the student from its SEVIS record at the University of Hartford
  • Go to a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad and apply for an F-1 student visa. Students should have in their possession a valid passport, an I-20 AB form from the new school, documentation of financial support, and an acceptance letter from the new school.
  • A consulate official will give the student an F-1 visa and write the name of the new school on the visa page.
  • Students re-entering the U.S. must present to a port-of-entry officer their passport, new I-20 form from the new school, and their financial documents. A student will be admitted to the U.S. if his or her documentation is acceptable to an immigration officer.
  • The foreign student advisor of the new school will process and complete your transfer by notifying the USCIS through the SEVIS program within 15 days of the program start date listed on the school's I-20 form.

Students not Leaving the U.S. Prior to Enrollment in a New School

  • Students should notify the International Center of their intention to transfer to a new school. The International Center will issue a "Transfer Out Form" to the student indicating his or her enrollment status during the current or preceding semester at the University of Hartford. This form should be returned to the new school.
  • The international Center will "Release" the student from its SEVIS record at the University of Hartford
  • The foreign student advisor of the new school will issue a new I-20 form and process your transfer by notifying the USCIS through the SEVIS program within 15 days of the program start date listed on the school's I-20 form.
Note:

The International Student Advisor's notification to the USCIS on the SEVIS system is essential to complete the transfer process (if the student is transferring schools without leaving the U.S.). Without this notification, the transfer is not validated and the student will be considered "out of status" by the USCIS within 15 days following enrollment at the new school.