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New Student Info Form: SEVIS Immigration Transfer

You must contact your current international student advisor to schedule the SEVIS Release Date for your transfer. Please indicate this date on the New Student Information Form and include the contact information for an International Student Advisor at your current institution. The release date will trigger the end of your program there and you will no longer be eligible to pursue activities or benefits associated with your previous school, including on-campus employment, OPT, or enrollment. Your SEVIS record will be electronically transferred to the University of Rochester on the same day and the ISO will be able to issue a new I-20 or DS-2019 (provided the New Student Information Form and supporting documentation have been received). We are unable to issue the new document until your record has been released from your current institution. You may not exceed more than 5 months between the two programs (including post-completion employment) and must enroll in the next available term at the University of Rochester. The Release Date should be scheduled as early as possible, with a minimum of one week prior to the start of your academic program at UR.

You must follow all procedures and policies of your current school for the Immigration Transfer. Please let your current institution know that the ISO does not require any transfer-in forms. SEVIS Transfers should be released to "University of Rochester", School code BUF214F00034000.

Visa Validity: If you successfully transfer your SEVIS record between the two schools, you will not need to apply for a new student visa or pay the SEVIS Fee again. You can use your original visa and SEVIS Fee because the SEVIS ID number has not changed. If your visa is expired, you can remain in the United States but will need to apply for a new visa the next time you travel abroad. If you need to renew your visa in between the two programs, you will need the new I-20 or DS-2019 from the University of Rochester for your visa interview. For more information, please visit our Travel page. If you have further questions, you may also contact the ISO to schedule an appointment to discuss your plans, by phone or in person.


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