F-1 and J-1 students currently studying in the United States at another institution who hold an active F-1 or J-1 SEVIS immigration record can make a request to transfer the active immigration record to Georgia Tech (GT). Admission to GT alone does not authorize you to begin your studies at GT. You must complete the transfer of your SEVIS immigration record from your current school to GT before beginning your studies at GT. It is important that students clearly communicate with both their current institution and Georgia Tech OIE in order to ensure they are aware of important deadlines and eligibility criteria. Note, Georgia Tech does not accept SEVIS immigration records in either "Completed" or "Terminated" status. Those with SEVIS immigration records in "Completed" or "Terminated" status need to request an initial I-20 form with a new SEVIS ID.
Step 1: Obtain Georgia Tech Admission
- After receiving your admission to GT, work with an international student advisor at your current institution to request a transfer your active SEVIS immigration record to Georgia Tech. Each school has a different process, so please work directly with your school to ensure you are following their preferred procedures and understand their timelines.
- The Atlanta campus school code is: ATL214F00102000
- Georgia Tech DSO Contact Information:
- Name: GT DSO
- Email: email@example.com
- Georgia Tech does not require a SEVIS transfer form or Transfer Release form from the international student advisor at your current school.
Step 2: Identify your Transfer Release Date
- When preparing to transfer your SEVIS immigration record, you will need to identify a SEVIS “transfer release date.” This is the date that your SEVIS record will end with your current institution, it will transfer to GT's SEVIS immigration system, and it will be the first day that OIE has access to your record in order to issue your I-20 or DS-2019 form. You are not required to wait until the transfer release date to complete your I-20 form request process with Georgia Tech. The transfer release date is something that can be scheduled to occur in the future.
- Things to consider when selecting a SEVIS Transfer release date:
- After your transfer release date, your current school will no longer have access to your immigration record.
- You are not eligible to work on or after your transfer release date.
- Those employed on-campus are not eligible to continue in their on-campus employment at their current school on or after the transfer release date.
- If you are on your benefit of OPT/CPT, you are not eligible to continue your employment with these benefits on or after the transfer release date. Any remaining authorized time on OPT/CPT is forfeited on and after the transfer release date.
- After your transfer release date, you are no longer able to use your current institutions I-20 form to enter the U.S. You will need to wait until the GT I-20 form is issued prior to attempting to enter the U.S.
- OIE requires that you release your immigration to GT prior to the start of classes in your admission term.
- OIE cannot issue your GT I-20 form until on or after your transfer release date. Please review OIE's processing times to learn of the current processing time for an initial I-20 or DS-2019 form and plan accordingly.
- If you are unsure which transfer release date to choose, you are encouraged to consult with both your current school and OIE to ensure you identify a valid transfer release date.
Step 3: Complete your I-20/DS-2019 Request e-form
- Even though you are transferring your immigration record to GT, you must complete the I-20/DS-2019 form request in order to obtain your Georgia Tech I-20 form. OIE asks that you complete this process no later than within 2 weeks of the start of your admission term. More information about the process of requesting your I-20 form from GT can be found within our new student website.
- Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate admissions will initiate an I-20 request for you and you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Undergraduate I-20/DS-2019 Form Request" to complete your portion of I-20 request e-form. Until you complete this request, OIE is unable to issue your Georgia Tech I-20/DS-2019 form.
- Graduate Students: Your academic department will initiate an I-20 request for you and you will receive an email from email@example.com with the subject line "Graduate I-20/DS-2019 Form Request" to complete your portion of I-20 request e-form. Until you complete this request, OIE is unable to issue your Georgia Tech I-20/DS-2019 form.
- Once OIE receives your completed I-20/DS-2019 form request and after your SEVIS release date, OIE will issue the I-20 form within the processing times outlined on our website.
Step 4: Transfer Pending I-20 form
- After you submit the I-20/DS-2019 request e-form with all the necessary documents and the transfer release date has passed, an I-20 or DS-2019 form will be issued within the processing time outlined on our website.
- If you will travel internationally and plan to re-enter the U.S. after your SEVIS transfer release date, you must have the GT I-20 form in order to re-enter the U.S.
- Visa Information:
- If you have a current valid F1/J1 visa, you are not required to obtain a new visa in order to attend Georgia Tech. Even though you may no longer be attending the school listed on your visa, as long as it is unexpired and still valid, you should be able to use the valid visa and GT I-20 form to travel internationally.
- If your F1/J1 visa has expired, then you will need to wait before obtaining your GT I-20/DS-2019 form before applying for a new visa.
Step 5: OIE Check-In
- All new and transfer students are required to complete the OIE Check-In process.
- After completing the entire three-step OIE Check-In process, all newly transferred students will receive a final updated I-20 from Georgia Tech showing you have completed your transfer and have "continued attendance" status.