Transfer Out

If you are in F-1 or J-1 status and wish to transfer to another school within the United States, Global Engagement will help facilitate the transfer of your SEVIS record to your new school.

To be eligible for a SEVIS transfer, you must have a written confirmation of your acceptance to another school, maintain your F-1 or J-1 status, and be in good academic standing through the transfer release date.

Please keep in mind that once UNCP Global Engagement releases your SEVIS record to another school, we cannot undo the transfer. Therefore, please be sure you are fully decided about the school and release date before you submit any forms to our office.


The release date will usually be a day between the last day of the semester at UNCP (or a day you wish to stop working if you are on OPT/AT) and the first day of classes at the new school. 

The release date is your choice, but is subject to the following conditions:

  • It cannot be prior to the end of the current academic term for which the student is enrolled at UNCP, unless the student's new program start date will begin prior to the end of UNCP's term.  Students in this situation should coordinate with the Office of Global Engagement and the new institution's DSO to choose an appropriate release date.
  • For F-1 students completing their program at UNCP: The transfer release date must be within the 60 days grace period following completion.  Also, the academic program at the new school must begin within five months of completion of your UNCP program or end date of OPT.
  • For J-1 students: The release date must occur before the program end date on the DS-2019 or before program completion, whichever occurs first.

Once the release date arrives, your record is transferred to the new school, and you may no longer work at UNCP (or on OPT). Once your SEVIS record has been transferred, you should coordinate the receipt of your new I-20 or DS-2019 with the new school.