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International Transfers


Overview & Eligibility for SEVIS Transfer
Whenever you attend a school in the US, you must have an active immigration record at your new school. If you recently attended another US school, you may be able to transfer your immigration record to CBU.  If you are a CBU student and plan to attend another US school, we can also transfer your record to your new school.

This is a time-sensitive process, and is important because it impacts your immigration status. Contact kbarnett@cbu.edu if you have any questions. 

Current CBU Students Moving to a Higher Degree Level
Completing one academic program and starting a new one at CBU is similar to a SEVIS transfer, but is considered a change of education level/program. The timing and advantages of moving from one program to another at CBU are the same as those for transfer students. However, the process is very different.  If you are changing in between CBU programs, contact ISS several months before the change occurs.

Coming to CBU from another US school? 

Transfer your Immigration Record
To be eligible to transfer your immigration record to CBU, you must be in valid F-1 student status with an active SEVIS record, and must begin your new program within 5 months of the end date of your current program or OPT.

How to Transfer your Immigration Record

Step 1: You must be accepted by CBU. Or, if you've taken a leave of absence from CBU or to study at another US school, you must make sure that your enrollment at CBU is again active. Once you receive your acceptance, or have confirmed your enrollment, and are sure that you plan to attend CBU, you should contact your current school's International Student Advisor to ask that the advisor transfer your SEVIS record to CBU. Your advisor will need this information:

  • Search for “Christian Brothers University” in SEVIS.
  • SEVIS School Code for CBU is  NOL214F10190000

Step 2: The advisor at your current school must set a future “release date” in SEVIS. This is the date that your immigration record will be released from the control of your current school and made available to CBU.

  • The release date is usually set for the end of the semester, after final exams. The date may be set within a grace period (i.e., 60 days after completion of program or OPT). Students on OPT may want to select a release date closer to start of international orientation to allow them to maximize use of OPT.

Step 3: After you have completed your International Student Transfer Form, the (link with form) international student advisor at CBU will access your SEVIS record and issue a CBU or Pending I-20.

Step 4: You will complete your Immigration check in. Do this as early as possible, but no later than 15 days after your program start date.

Step 5: The advisor at the CBU will complete the transfer in SEVIS and register your immigration record.

Remaining in the U.S. and Travel

If your record has successfully been transferred, and CBU has issued your I-20, you can remain in the U.S, as long as your new program begins within 5 months of the end date of your current program or OPT. If you are traveling abroad after your current program or OPT ends but before your program at CBU begins, you must re-enter the United States with an I-20 from CBU. Students on OPT may travel abroad on their current I-20 unless their SEVIS record has been released to CBU.

Visa
When traveling abroad, you do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa unless your current visa has expired. If a new visa is required, you must apply for one using your new Transfer Pending I-20 from CBU.

SEVIS Fee
If your SEVIS record has been released to CBU, and you are using the new Transfer Pending I-20 from CBU, you do not need to pay the SEVIS Fee.

OPT
If you are on OPT, your OPT automatically ends the date your SEVIS record has been released from your new school to CBU, if it has not already expired.

Leaving CBU and attending another US school?

Transfer your Immigration Record
To be eligible to transfer your immigration record to another school from CBU, you must be in valid F-1 student status with an active SEVIS record, and must begin your new program within 5 months of the end date of your CBU program or OPT. You must also still be in your grace period, which is 60 days after your I-20 end date (though it may end sooner if you have left the U.S.).

Leaving CBU Temporarily
If you plan to attend your new school only temporarily, it's very important that you transfer your immigration record back to CBU promptly at the end of your studies there. The transfer back must take place during the 60 day grace period after your new program ends, or you may need a new immigration record before attending again, which may also impact your employment eligibility.

How to Transfer to another School

Step 1: The followed steps must be followed when transferring to another US school:

  • You will need to email a copy of your acceptance letter to kbarnett@cbu.edu.
  • If your new school has a transfer form that they need completed by the our office, you can also email it.

Step 2: The ISS approves the transfer request and sets a "release date" in SEVIS. This is the date that the record will be released from the control of CBU and made available to the new school.

Release dates are usually set for the end of the semester, after final exams. Release dates may be within a grace period (i.e., 60 days after completion of program or OPT). Students on OPT may want to select a release date closer to start of their international orientation, to allow them to maximize use of OPT.

Step 3: The international student advisor at the new school will access the SEVIS record on the release date or later and issue a Transfer Pending I-20.

Step 4: You should follow the instructions from the new school regarding check-in and SEVIS registration.

Travel
If your record has successfully been transferred to your new school, and your new school has issued your I-20, you can remain in the U.S, as long as your new program begins within 5 months of the end date of your CBU program or OPT. If you travel abroad after your CBU program or OPT ends but before the program at your new school begins, you must re-enter the U.S. with your new school's Transfer Pending I-20. If you are on OPT, you may travel abroad using your CBU current I-20 unless your SEVIS record has already been released by CBU.

Visa
When traveling abroad, you do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa unless your current visa has expired. If a new visa is required, you must apply for one using your new school’s Transfer Pending I-20.

SEVIS Fee
If your SEVIS record has been released to your new school, and you are using the new Transfer Pending I-20 they give you, you do not need to pay the SEVIS (I-901) Fee.

OPT
If you are on OPT, your OPT automatically ends the date your SEVIS record has been released from CBU to your new school, if it has not already expired.