F-1 students currently studying in the United States at another institution who would like to transfer to Georgia Tech will be required to transfer their SEVIS I-20 record to GA Tech.
Step 1): SEVIS TRANSFER
After receiving an admissions letter from GT, please work with an international student advisor at your current institution to request a transfer your SEVIS 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
Please Note: Georgia Tech does not require a SEVIS transfer form or Transfer Release form from the international student advisor at your current school.
Step 2): TRANSFER RELEASE DATE
You will identify a “Transfer Release Date” in SEVIS with the international student advisor at your current institution. This is the date that your SEVIS record will transfer from your current institution to GT and the first day that the OIE can issue your I-20.
- Please note that the transfer release date is the first day that it is possible for the OIE to issue a GT I-20. With average 7-10 business days of processing times, it may take additional time to get a new I-20 so please carefully coordinate your SEVIS I-20 transfer date so that you are not worrying at the last minute!
- If you have an on-campus job, CPT or OPT authorization with your current school, you are no longer eligible to work after your transfer release date.
- The ideal transfer release date is one day after the end of finals week in the last semester at your current school. The possible latest transfer release date that OIE can accept will be two weeks prior to the start date of the semester at Georgia Tech if you are in the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start date if you are outside the U.S.
Step 3): I-20 REQUEST E-FORM
You will need to submit the undergraduate/graduate I-20/DS-2019 request e-form in iStart.
- Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate admissions will initiate an I-20 request for you and you will receive an email to complete your portion of I-20 request e-form.
- Graduate Students: Your academic department will initiate an I-20 request for you and you will receive an email to complete your portion of I-20 request e-form.
Step 4): TRANSFER-PENDING I-20 ISSUANCE
The OIE will issue a “Transfer Pending” I-20 after your SEVIS I-20 release date.
- After you submit the I-20 request e-form with all the necessary documents and the transfer release date has passed, an I-20 will be created.
- If you will travel internationally before the beginning of your first semester at GT, you must have the “Transfer Pending” I-20 from GT to re-enter the U.S.
- During the first couple of weeks of the semester, all newly transferred students will be contacted by OIE to pick up the final I-20 from Georgia Tech showing you have completed your transfer.
Step 5): SHIPPING
The OIE will ship your I-20/DS-2019 to you either in the U.S. or overseas if you need it before the start of the semester.
- You will receive a shipping e-form where you can indicate your mailing address for shipping.
- If you are a graduate student and your department has agreed to ship your document, your I-20 will given to your academic department to ship it to you. Please contact your graduate coordinator regarding your shipping request after you receive an email from us that your I-20 has been issued.
- If you will travel internationally before the beginning of your first semester at GT, you must re-enter the U.S. with your valid F-1 visa and your transfer-pending I-20 from Georgia Tech. You do not need a travel signature on your transfer-pending I-20.