Initial Status Transfer
If you arrive at a US school from abroad and decide to immediately transfer you must first report to the school listed on your Form I-20. The School DSO should activate your SEVIS record and transfer it to the new school you plan on attending.
Travel During Transfer Process
If you plan on leaving the country during the transfer process keep in mind that you must reenter with a Form I-20 for the school that holds your active or initial record. So travel must be either:
- Started and completed before the transfer release date with an active Form I-20 from the transfer-out school
- Started and completed after the transfer release date with an initial Form I-20 from the transfer-in school