A J-1 student may transfer from one designated program to another program, provided that s/he will pursue his/her original Exchange Visitor objective.
The student is in good academic standing and has maintained his/her immigration status.
The student is within the time limits specified in part 3 of his/her current Form DS-2019.
The Responsible Officer at the new school will require verification of the student's status as well as institutional information from the current school prior to issuing a new Form DS-2019.
Student informs current Responsible Office (RO, your International Student Advisor) of intent to transfer.
SEVIS Transfer Out: Discuss the date of actual transfer with current program RO. Current RO will determine the best date to set for releasing the student from current program. NOTE: This date must be ON OR PRIOR to the current program end date on the Form DS-2019, if the student remains in the United States between programs.
New RO may request that current RO complete a Transfer Form that will include information necessary to complete the transfer process. The RO at the new institution will then have access to and retrieve the student's SEVIS record. A new Form DS-2019 will be created by the RO at the new school.
Student must check in and report to the new school within 30 days of the new program start date to make the official transfer final.
Note: Exchange Visitors should exercise caution when considering a transfer. Because the Department of State requires students to maintain the original objective throughout the Exchange Visitor program, transfer in J status must be carefully reviewed by the student and Responsible Officers from both institutions.