Transferring Your SEVIS Record to Columbia (F-1 Student)
Summer Session Only
You do not need to transfer your SEVIS record to study at Columbia during your summer vacation if you will return to your current school in the fall.
You are eligible to transfer your SEVIS record if :
- You have been admitted to a full-time program at Columbia
- You are currently in valid F-1 student status as an enrolled student at another school
- You are currently in F-1 student status on OPT
- You are currently in F-1 student status and are in your grace period following the completion of your program or OPT
- Your program at Columbia will begin no more than five months after your current completion date or the end date of OPT
- Statistics Hybrid Program students cannot transfer in for fall term because they are not in residence until the spring term.
- Meet with your current international student adviser to establish the date on which they will transfer your electronic SEVIS record to Columbia. We cannot process an I-20 for you until your record is transferred to us.
- If you’re returning from a trip abroad after your transfer date, you will need to have Columbia’s I-20 with you
- If you're currently on OPT, your transfer date must be after your last day of employment. You cannot continue working on OPT after your transfer date.
- For Statistics Hybrid Students Only: The earliest date to transfer for Spring 2019 is September 15, 2018
SEVIS School Code
It is important that your SEVIS record is released to the correct Columbia ISSO Campus.
Columbia University SEVIS School Codes:
- ISSO Morningside: NYC214F00186000
- ISSO CU Medical Center: NYC214F00186002
How to Transfer
Apply for an I-20
Follow the application instructions to apply for your I-20.
To process your Columbia I-20:
- Your application must be complete
- Your SEVIS record must be transferred to Columbia
The deadline to submit a complete application is no more than 15 days after your program begins.
Submit your SEVIS Report Form
After receiving your transfer I-20. you must submit your SEVIS report form no later than 15 days after your program begins.
This step is necessary to complete your transfer and activate your Columbia SEVIS record.
If you have an unexpired visa in your passport, you do not need to apply for a new visa. You may use the visa you have, even though the previous school's name is on it.
If you have an expired visa and are traveling outside of the U.S., you will need to apply for a new visa, but you are not required to pay the SEVIS fee again.
If you plan to travel abroad after your transfer date, you must return to the U.S. with:
- I-20 issued by Columbia University
- Unexpired visa
- Unexpired passport
You can return to the U.S. with your Columbia I-20 at any time before your program begins.
Transfer students are not required to depart the U.S. in between programs. You may remain in the U.S. even if your F-1 visa is expired as long as you have applied for your Columbia I-20.