F-1 and J-1 Students planning to transfer from UC Berkeley to another school in the U.S. must follow an immigration transfer process through SEVIS in order to maintain valid immigration status. Before completing the following steps, J-1 students should discuss their plans with a BIO advisor.

Students on F-1 Post-Completion OPT: please see information regarding Beginning a New Program of Study While on OPT. (Information below does not include OPT-specific transfer information.)

  1. Obtain admission at the new school.
  2. Submit the Transfer Out form to Berkeley International Office (Note: Some admitting schools may also have their own Transfer In or Transfer Verification form for BIO to sign as well.).
  3. Attach a copy of your admission letter or proof of admission to this form.
  4. Berkeley International Office will release your record electronically to the new school on the last day of the current term.
  5. On the release date, the new school will be able to issue an I-20/DS-2019 for transfer. The UC Berkeley I-20/DS-2019 will no longer be valid and Berkeley International Office can no longer make changes to the record. Contact your new school about the delivery of your new I-20/DS-2019.
  6. Visit your new school's International Student office to complete the transfer. The transfer must be completed no later than 15 days from the start date on the new school I-20/DS-2019.
  7. This form, and the transfer of your SEVIS record, does not end your enrollment at UC Berkeley. Please work with your department, college or the University Registrar to cancel or withdraw for the current or future semesters.

Transfer “Release"

Students may apply to many schools, but the SEVIS record can only be transferred to one school. Once the record is transferred out from UC Berkeley to the new school, it cannot be changed after the release date. Therefore, before requesting a release, you should decide which school you will attend.

The transfer release date will be the last day of the last registered semester or summer session at UC Berkeley. If a different release date is requested, please meet with an advisor at Berkeley International Office.

The F-1 I-20 SEVIS record must be released no later than 60 days after the last day of the last registered semester or summer session, or the I-20 completion date- whichever occurs first. Please allow three days for processing. The J-1 DS-2019 SEVIS record must be released before the program end date listed on the DS-2019.

If the time period between the end of enrollment at UC Berkeley and the start date of the program at the new school will be more than five months, please meet with an advisor at Berkeley International Office.