Transferring F-1 Status from Boston University
Notify the ISSO
You are required by law to inform the ISSO if you intend to remain
in the country and transfer to another U.S. school to continue your
studies in F-1 status, even if you have already completed your program
of study at Boston University and are on Optional Practical Training.
It is then your responsibility to obtain a new I-20 from the school
to which you intend to transfer and have it processed to complete
the transfer of your status.
Notify Your Academic Department
If you are enrolled in a degree program and have not yet graduated
from Boston University, it is also important that you notify your
academic department of your plans to discontinue study. You will
be given the option to withdraw permanently from your program, or
take a temporary leave of absence.
Leave of Absence or Suspension
If you are only transferring temporarily to another school in the
U.S. during a leave of absence or
suspension, but plan to return to Boston University to complete
your degree program, you will need a new
I-20 to transfer back to Boston University when you are ready
to resume your studies here.
on Optional Practical Training
If you are currently on
Training, your work permission will become invalid once you
transfer to another school's I-20, and you will lose any unused
portion of your work permission period.