Transferring Your F-1 SEVIS Record to BU

Congratulations on your admission to Boston University! The International Student & Scholars Office (ISSO) at Boston University has prepared the following important information to inform your plans as you transfer your SEVIS immigration record.

F-1 regulations and SEVP guidance prefers that students maintain only one SEVIS record when they change school or program. Therefore, you will need to take the following steps to transfer your SEVIS Record to Boston University:

  1. Print, review and complete Section 1 of the SEVIS Transfer Form. This form will collect immigration related information to confirm your eligibility to transfer your SEVIS record and determine when your SEVIS record will be released to Boston University.
  2. Contact the Designated School Official (DSO) at the school that currently sponsors your F-1 status and ask them to complete Section 2 of the SEVIS Transfer Form.
  3. Return the completed SEVIS Transfer Form to the ISSO at Boston University via email attachment, fax or mail. Please find contact information on the SEVIS Transfer Form.
  4. The ISSO will issue a “Transfer Pending” I-20 to you after the SEVIS “Transfer Release Date” noted in Section 2A of the SEVIS Transfer Form provided we have received all required documents.
  5. Work with your new BU school or college to register for fulltime coursework for your first semester.
  6. Complete the SEVIS Transfer process by reporting to the ISSO at Boston University no later than 15 days after the start date indicated on your Boston University Form I-20. Failure to report to the ISSO by this deadline will jeopardize your F-1 student status.

If you have questions regarding the F-1 transfer process or how travel and employment could impact your eligibility to transfer, we invite you read through the information below. In addition, you could consult with your current DSO or contact ISSO staff via email at