Transferring Your SEVIS Record to Columbia (Scholar) Are you currently in J-1 scholar status at another U.S. institution? Learn if you are eligible to have your current SEVIS record transferred from your current school to Columbia. Eligibility Requirements It may be possible to transfer your J-1 SEVIS record to Columbia for the remainder of the five-year limit if the following condition apply: ✓ You are currently in the U.S. as a researcher or professor in valid J-1 status at another institution. When To Transfer Your transfer must be initiated by your current institution while you are still in status with an unexpired DS-2019. How to Transfer Send your sponsoring Columbia department the following documents: ✓ A copy of your most recent I-94 arrival/departure to the U.S. ✓ A copy of all DS-2019 forms that have been issued to you Once your documents are received your department will confer with us to verify your eligibility for transfer. Wait for your department to contact you with the next steps.