F-1 Status to Boston University
This section is for new students or returning students who are
already in F-1 status and wish to transfer to Boston University
from another school in the U.S. It will describe the steps you
need to take to comply with school transfer regulations of the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
USCIS Form I-20
In order to transfer your status to Boston University, you must be
admitted for full-time study and be issued a Boston University Certificate
of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status (USCIS Form
I-20). Please see our section for admissions
information if you have not yet been admitted to the University
for full-time study.
Read all information on your I-20. If any
information on that form is incorrect, immediately contact
the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). If all
information is correct, complete item 11 on page one (1).
If you have dependents (spouse and/or children under the age of
21) who are in the U.S. in F-2 status, they will be issued separate I-20 forms so they can
obtain F-2 visas and enter the country with you or to join you later. (See section on F-2
Dependents for more information.)
Two Ways to Process a Transfer
A school transfer can be processed in two ways:
- By remaining in the U.S.
and requesting that the ISSO notify the USCIS of your transfer,
- By reentering from outside the
U.S. using the Boston University I-20 before starting
The way you choose to process the transfer is your decision.
Either way is acceptable as long as you follow proper procedures.
The ISSO is pleased to provide you with information, advice, and assistance
on any visa or immigration matter that relates to your activities
at Boston University. If you are in the Boston area, we invite you
to contact us and make an appointment to speak with your ISSO advisor.