F-1 students: Transferring Schools
Immigration & Visas
- F-1 Information
- J-1 Information
- Maintaining Your Status
Please note: This information is intended for students who are transferring out of RPI. If you are a recently admitted student transferring in, please contact the Admissions Office.
All F-1 students who intend on continuing study at a new school, whether at a new level (i.e. graduate school) or mid-program, must transfer their SEVIS record from RPI to the new school. This includes students currently on OPT. You must transfer your record within 60 days of your end date. Please fill out and submit the F-1 transfer-out form.
Please note: Students who are transferring out must consult our office and formally withdraw from the institution. Undergraduate students should contact the Student Experience Office and graduate students should contact the Office of Graduate Education.
Please keep the following in mind when transferring your record:
- Part of RPI's ISSS transfer-out form must be completed by your new school. Please plan accordingly as your new school may need time to complete the form.
- Your new school may have a transfer-in form that ISSS needs to complete. You should allow our office at least 2 weeks processing time for any forms.
- Students on OPT who will be returning to school must request their SEVIS record be transferred. This can be done at any time while you are on OPT or within 60 days of your OPT end date. Choosing a release date before your OPT ends automatically cancels any remaining OPT work authorization.
- Your new school cannot issue a new I-20 until the SEVIS record has been released to them.
- You can remain in the U.S. throughout the transfer process. If you are overseas your record can still be transferred, but you will need the new I-20 from your new school to re-enter the U.S. and apply for a new F-1 visa (if you current visa is expired).
- On your SEVIS release date, your record no longer belongs to RPI. This means that you are no longer authorized for any study or employment granted by RPI, and that the ISSS Office no longer has access to the record to make changes. Please think carefully about your plans before choosing a release date. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact our office.