If you plan to transfer from Oregon State University (OSU) to another school in the US, you must notify the Office of International Services (OIS) so that a transfer may be processed in the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Requesting a transfer of your SEVIS record:
  1. Obtain full admission to another school in the US
  2. Fill out the new school's transfer information form with OIS (if applicable)
  3. Submit a completed Transfer Out E-Form and a copy of your admission letter
  4. Your SEVIS record will be scheduled for release to your new school based on the date indicated on the E-Form

Although you may be applying to many schools, your SEVIS record can only be transferred to one school within 5 months of your last day of attendance. If you wish to cancel your transfer, you must notify OIS before your transfer release date. Once your SEVIS record has been released to another school OSU will no longer have access to it.

Transfer Release Date

The date your SEVIS record is released to the new school is referred to as the transfer release date. Things to remember when choosing a transfer release date:

  • Your record typically cannot be transferred in the middle of a term

  • Never withdraw from classes without approval

  • F-1 transfers must be requested before the end of the grace period

  • F-1 students must plan to start studying within 5 months or the next available term

  • J-1 students must have no gap between programs

Employment Considerations

Students are only authorized to work on-campus at the school that holds their SEVIS record. Once your SEVIS record has been transferred to another school, you will no longer be eligible to work on-campus at OSU.


Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT)

Your employment authorization will end once your SEVIS record has been transferred to another school, even if the end date on your immigration documents or the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) extends beyond the transfer release date. Carefully consider your transfer release date so that your employment authorization does not end too soon.

Important Information for Sponsored Students

Before requesting a SEVIS transfer, we strongly encourage sponsored students to obtain approval from their sponsor & complete the academic term. If you are withdrawing from courses after the 100% refund deadline in Week 1, your sponsor may not cover the costs for tuition and fees for the quarter in which you are terminating your enrollment.

Under the terms of agreement with your sponsor, OSU is obligated to notify your sponsor regarding your intentions to discontinue your studies at our University. Any financial or other adverse sponsorship consequences resulting from unapproved transfer or withdrawal are your responsibility.

Departing OSU

If you decide to leave OSU, you should fill out a Departure Form. Keep the following in mind:

  • Before completion of a program: Speak to an international student advisor before you leave. You may not receive a grace period

  • Transfers between OSU and another US school require a new I-20/DS-2019


Students who complete a degree program are allowed a grace period to remain in the US (F-1s = 60 days; J-1s = 30 days) starting from the last day of the final term of registration.

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Re-admit/Returning Student

If you previously attended OSU and would like to return on new immigration documents, please start preparing at least two months before your desired return date. Feel free to check-in with an international student advisor to discuss how you may resume your studies here.