Overview and Eligibility

  • In order to be eligible to transfer to another institution, students must be maintaining valid F-1 or J-1 status.
  • Once the transfer release date passes, the University of Pennsylvania cannot access the student’s SEVIS record and the student must report to the new institution.
  • Students who wish to transfer prior to the completion of their program at Penn should consult an ISSS Advisor in advance to discuss transfer timing and eligibility requirements.
  • Current students are no longer eligible to work on-campus at Penn as of the transfer release date. Students who are on post-completion OPT or AT must also stop working as of the transfer release date.
  • F-1 students must apply to transfer to the new institution within 60 days of the completion of their program at Penn or within 60 days of the last day of their post-completion OPT.
  • J-1 students must apply to transfer to the new institution before the last day attended at Penn or before the last day of their post-completion AT.
  • Some restrictions may apply to J-1 students transferring to a new institution under the same SEVIS record if they are changing their type of degree or major field of study. Students should discuss their transfer eligibility further with an ISSS Advisor.
  • Students must begin classes at the transfer-in school at the next available term. For F-1 students, the next available term must be within five months of the last date of attendance at Penn or OPT end date.
  • If a student is not eligible to transfer the SEVIS record from Penn to the new institution, the student must request that a new SEVIS record be created by the new institution. The student must leave and reenter the United States using the new I-20 or DS-2019 and consult an advisor at the new institution for further instruction on travel and re-entry. It is the responsibility of the student to provide all of the information in iPenn.

Procedure

Submit the Transfer Out electronic request form in iPenn. After you log in with your Pennkey, you will find "Transfer Out Request" under Student Services in the left menu.