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An F-1 or J-1 student who intends to stop attending UNC-Chapel Hill and attend another U.S. school must request that their SEVIS record be electronically “released”, or transferred, to that school.

In order to process a SEVIS transfer, the student must notify the ISSS office of the intent to transfer to another U.S. institution.

A student will be eligible to transfer out if the following are true:

  • The student has been maintaining F-1 or J-1 status.
  • The student has been admitted to the transfer-in school.
  • The course of study at the transfer-in school will begin within 5 months of the end of the course of study at the transfer-out school OR within 5 months of the transfer release date, whichever is earlier.

In order to request a SEVIS transfer, the student must submit the following via email to their International Student Advisor:

  • Written confirmation of admission to another SEVIS approved school
  • Other school’s Transfer-in form (if required)
  • Transfer-Out Form

SEVIS Transfer Release Date

The student must request a specific SEVIS release date, which is the date ISSS will transfer the SEVIS record to the new school.

  • For enrolled students, the transfer release date will be the last day of the semester.
  • Students on a period of post-completion OPT should select a transfer release date that is after their last day of employment.
  • After the release date, UNC-Chapel Hill will no longer have access to the student’s record in the SEVIS system.
  • Students who travel outside of the U.S. will need to receive the new Form I-20 from the other institution to re-enter the U.S.
  • Students will not be able to work on the UNC campus once the SEVIS record is transferred out.
  • Any periods of off-campus work authorization (such as OPT or CPT) will also end once the SEVIS record is transferred.