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  • Transferring to Stony Brook
    Transfer-In Students

    Students who are admitted to Stony Brook University from another U.S. college, university, high school or language program on F-1 status are considered “transfers." This refers to the transfer of the student’s SEVIS record from one institution to another.


    Please Note: Your course of study at Stony Brook must begin during the next available term, or within 5 months of the end of your course of study/OPT participation at your transfer-out school, whichever is earlier. As each student's case may differ, contact Visa and Immigration Services for additional guidance.

    Transfer-In Process

    Step 1: Inform your current school that you plan to transfer
    Step 2: Request an I-20 from SBU
    Step 3: Submit the Transfer-In Report
    Step 4: Receive your new I-20
    Step 5: Complete the intake procedures in accessVIS

    Important Note: Students who leave the United States between transfers must use Stony Brook University’s I-20 when arriving for inspection at the port-of-entry. Please keep all previous I-20 for Intake procedures.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I travel outside of the U.S. before starting at SBU?
    Do I need to apply for a new F-1 visa?
    When can I start working on campus?
  • Transferring from Stony Brook
    Transfer-Out Students

    Admission to a new school does not by itself authorize an international student in F-1 status to begin studying full-time at the new school.

    You must request that Visa and Immigration Services transfers or releases your F-1 SEVIS I-20 record to your new school before you can begin full-time studies there.

    Important considerations
    How to Apply

    If you've been admitted to a U.S. institution and wish to have your SEVIS record transferred, you must complete the Transfer Out Request in accessVIS.  

    Upload the following items and indicate your preferred SEVIS Transfer Release Date:

    • Acceptance Letter issued by the U.S. school or institution you wish to transfer to
    • A receipt from Student Accounts showing all outstanding balances have been paid
    • ‘Transfer In’ form from new school/program (if applicable)
    What is the SEVIS Transfer Release Date?
    What happens on the SEVIS Transfer Relase Date?

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I stay in the U.S. between programs?
    How does my SEVIS transfer affect my travel plans?
    Can I use my current visa even though I am changing schools?
    How does my SEVIS transfer affect my on-campus employment eligibility?
    Can I request to transfer my SEVIS record after I have graduated?
    How does my SEVIS transfer affect my OPT authorization?
    Do I need to report to my new school’s international office?