J-1 SEVIS Transfer from IUPUI

Transferring your J-1 program sponsorship is possible. This can occur when you are currently enrolled as a student at IUPUI in J-1 status and plan to enroll at another university. Or it can be done if you wish to have your J-1 sponsorship transferred to another Exchange Visitor program, such as IIE. When the transfer process is completed, IUPUI will no longer be your program sponsor.

How to Transfer your SEVIS Record from IUPUI to a New Program Sponsor

  1. Log in to iStart using your university technology account username and passphrase.
  2. In the J-1 Student Services menu, select “Transfer Out Request”
  3. Complete this e-form. Pay special attention to the date you are requesting that OIA release your SEVIS record to your new sponsor. As of that date, your SEVIS record will belong to your new school and you will no longer have work authorization granted by IUPUI.
  4. Before you can submit the e-form, you will be prompted to upload a copy of your admission letter to your new program sponsor or institution.

OIA can only transfer your SEVIS record to one institution even though you may be applying to many. Complete the “Transfer Out Request” only after you are certain you want your record transferred to a new program sponsor.

Transfer Guidelines for Specific Situations

  • You have completed (or will complete) your program at IUPUI and will begin a new program at a new institution.

    You must request your SEVIS transfer and the release must be granted within the 30 days following the completion of your IUPUI program.

  • You have completed your program at IUPUI and are pursuing Academic Training and you will begin a new program of study at the conclusion of your Academic Training period.

    Your Academic Training will end on the date that your SEVIS record is released to your new sponsor. Academic Training is not transferable.

    If you intend to have your SEVIS record transferred after your Academic Training ends, you will need to request and receive the SEVIS transfer during the 30 days following the completion of your Academic Training period.

  • You are currently attending IUPUI, have not (and will not) complete a degree program, and wish to transfer your SEVIS record to another school.

    You should request your record to be transferred after your last day of study at IUPUI but before the next term begins.

    For example: You are studying for a master degree at IUPUI and wish to transfer to another school after your first year. You should request your SEVIS release from IUPUI after your last final exam in May but before your semester begins at your new school in August.

    Please be aware, if you are working on-campus at IUPUI, you will no longer have authorization to do so on the day you request your SEVIS record to be released.

Getting Your New DS-2019

Once your SEVIS record has been transferred to your new sponsor, they will be able to make a new DS-2019 for you. Be sure to contact your new sponsor to find out what their policy on issuing new DS-2019s is.

Remember, if you are traveling outside the United States after your record has been transferred to your new sponsor, you must use your new DS-2019 to re-enter the U.S. No matter what your travel plans are, you must report to your new sponsor within 15 days of your new DS-2019 start date.

Things to Know about Transferring your SEVIS Record

A SEVIS transfer applies only to your immigration documentation and DS-2019. Academic records are not included in this process.

Please review the timing information above carefully. Your SEVIS transfer release date will be the day you complete your program, the final day of your last semester at IUPUI or a date you specify in your Transfer Out Request—whichever is later.

If you decide to cancel your transfer, you must notify us in writing before your transfer release date. After that date, we will no longer have access to your SEVIS record. In addition, all travel and employment benefits authorized through IUPUI will end on your transfer release date.

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