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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 J-1 status are considered “transfers." This refers to the transfer of the student’s SEVIS record from one institution to another.


    Transfer-In Process

    Step 1: Inform your current school that you plan to transfer
    Step 2: Request a DS-2019 from SBU
    Step 3: Receive your new DS-2019
    Step 4: Complete the intake procedures in accessVIS

    Important Note: Students who leave the United States between transfers must use Stony Brook University’s DS-2019 when arriving for inspection at the port-of-entry. Please keep all previous DS-2019s for Intake procedures.

  • Transferring from Stony Brook

    Transfer-Out Students

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

    You must request that Visa and Immigration Services transfers or releases your J-1 SEVIS DS-2019 record to your new school before you can begin full-time studies there. 

    Important considerations

    How to Transfer Out

    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. If you need help finding your Paperless Billing Statement, click here
    • ‘Transfer In’ form from new school/program (if applicable)
    What is the SEVIS Transfer Release Date?
    What happens on the SEVIS Transfer Release Date?

     Frequently Asked Questions

    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?
    Do I need to report to my new school’s international office?