Attend Different University After F-1 Visa Stamping

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Hello Everyone,

I got a question in my Facebook Group: – F-1 Visa Interviews (Analyze Your Interview). The Question Stated “If I have booked slot with one university admit and later i want to change another university before visa interview so is it a problem for visa?”.

So in this Topic I am going to give steps to change the University after F-1 Visa Stamping. These steps can be followed by Students who have not yet got F-1 Visa Stamping.

The Rule For Changing Universities: – 

The Rule states that the Student must inform/report to the University before his/her Program start date which will be listed on the I-20 form. The Reporting can be done via email, telephone or fax. It is not necessary to report in person to the University.

Secondly the Student must provide details with a written verification of his/her acceptance in another SEVP- certified University.

If a Student has been accepted by another SEVP Certified University with a program start date that is within 30 days of the student’s initial admission into the United States, you must transfer the student’s SEVIS record.

You can check this Rule in the official Website too: – F-1 Transfers.

What To Do if the Student does not have Program Start Date in University to which he/she is transferring within 30 days of the student’s initial admission into the United States?

If this is the Case then Student can carry out one of the following options that is listed below: –

1. Student can enroll in the University first. Once the Student record becomes Active then he/she can Initiate the Transfer as said above.

2. Student can withdraw his/her Acceptance and leave the United States and get a new I-20 form from the University he/she wishes to Attend. After the Exit there will be a SEVIS fee that you need to pay and the exit will be within 15 days. The SEVIS Record must first be made Active and then terminate it. This should be done only if the Student leaves United States.

3. If Student doesn’t follow either of the two options above and fails to join the classes in the University then terminate the SEVIS Record for Failure to Enroll.

How to Change the Initial SEVIS Record?

SEVIS Record requires that you make the student’s record Active in SEVIS in order to release the record to the transfer-in University.

For Current Session End Date, use today’s date. For Next Session Start Date, use tomorrow’s date. Select the Transfer Out function and use tomorrow’s date as the Transfer Release Date. Write “Transfer of initial student not enrolled at this University” in remarks.

You can make a student’s SEVIS record Active for the purpose of initiating a transfer. ICE does not view this as registering the student. In these circumstances, the SEVIS record clearly indicates the student properly reported to the University and the University properly initiated an immediate transfer of the student’s SEVIS record. It does not indicate that the student enrolled in classes.

For More Details Regarding this You can visit the Official Website: – F-1 Transfers.

 

55 thoughts on “Attend Different University After F-1 Visa Stamping

  1. Hi admin,
    I was recently approved for f1 visa, Im very happy and excited to do my masters in USA. But I lately came across a worrying thing in my visa annotation part , which says ” will not transfer”. I’m presently not having any thoughts to transfer my school. But in any unavoidable circumstances after going to the school will any issue arise if I intend to transfer any time later

      • Hi Admin,

        I am currently very confused, I have my IELTS score but there was an MBA program in the US college, which I have applied without any gre,gmat and ielts score and they were giving the admission to many students and I am one among them. But, suddenly I came to know that there are some issues going on immigration and many students were taken into custody and they are getting rejected to study in US for life time as the college study program is fake . I am really scared for this incident and my problem here is, that I got visa approval and within couple of months I have to attend college. Please I really need help for this what should I do ? I want to change my university will it be possible to do now………..

  2. Hello admin
    I had a question

    I have a us visa for a univ. In texas and i need to go another univ in new york , but the college that is starting in new york is from sep.4 and i am arriving on 24 july, and the reporting day is 20 aug in texas.
    I have an i20, for new york,
    How do i go about, this If a Student has been accepted by another SEVP Certified University with a program start date that is within 30 days of the student’s initial admission into the United States, you must transfer the student’s SEVIS record

  3. Hi, I got my F1 visa couple of weeks back from Chennai for University A. My program starts only in August 2014. But in the meantime, I got acceptance from another university i.e. University B and they are ready to issue I20, should I go for new visa and should I inform old university that I am changing to another university, or should I go to US and do the transfer. I prefer to go with new visa, in that case should I inform University A I will not be attending their program. Thanks

    • Hi Sangita, I got the exactly same problem with you and I’m confused as well. The old school said they can cancel my I-20 and I apply the new visa with the I-20 issued by the new school. But for the SEVIS record, I don’t know if I should transfer it by myself or I need the old school to transfer for me. I’m also not sure if it’s risky to applying the visa again. May I ask what are you planning to do now?

      • I have a similar problem. I got my F1 stamped for University A for Fall 2014 but could not travel due to my father’s illness. I postponed the course at university A and also applied at a better university B in the meantime for Spring 2015. Now I want to join the course at University B and have a F1 visa and SEVIS for University A.

        How was the new visa interview? Does it complicate the case that one did not travel on the initial visa issued?

        Also, how did you transfer the SEVIS? Or did you have to pay again?

        Thanks,
        Sandipan
        de_sandipan@ yahoo.com

    • Hi,
      I have some problem. I got a visa with University A, now the I20 is canceled. But I have a new I20. Should I go for a new visa or what do I do? Please help. Thanks.

  4. Hi. I have a F1 Visa and in Us currently for this summer. I am planning to get back to home country and join a new university in US for fall(basically trying to transfer from one coll to coll). I want to know whether i can do by requesting a new I20 and sevis fee without requiring for new VISA? Please note that if I try to reenter US ill be having a i20 from new college but VISA will have a different (old) college name..

      • Say i don’t have an admit from any other university for spring 2016, but i have given a withdrawal request to my current university due to academic difficulty .. can i go back to my home country, take stock and apply to other colleges for either the spring or fall semester?

        I understand, My sevis record will be terminated in my current univ since i have withdrawn and i will get a new sevis record and New I 20 with which i have to schedule a another visa interview !,

        Will obtaining a new visa with the new I 20 of that university be difficult? ( my old visa for my current univ would not have expired )

    • Hi,

      Did you get solution to this problem of yours? I am facing an almost similar kind of problem and needed guidance for the same. I have a valid F1 visa on the name of university A and I am in India currently but I want to go for university B now. Do I need a new visa or same F1 visa can be used for going to the new university (university B in this case).

  5. Hi,

    I have scheduled my Visa interview on July 15th. But I received admit from a better university yesterday. I will get the I20 from the other university before Visa interview. Can I get the Visa approved for the 2nd university instead of 1st one ?

    • So in that case, you must have paid the SEVIS Fee and filled DS 160 form.

      Firstly, you need to fill another DS 160 form and make changes in the university you plan to go. For your reference, you can fill any number of DS 160 form but be sure to take the right one for the interview.

      Secondly, if you have paid the SEVIS Fees then please check this link: http://usgraduatesblog.com/changing-university-after-paying-sevis-fee/

      So if you have already got a Visa Stamping done in your passport from US Consulate, then you need to follow the above two steps and again give the Visa Interview.

      I hope you understood what I said. Please let me know if you are still confused.

      • I am in a similar situtation. I have to fill in another ds160. But i have applied for the visa interview using the ds160 i filled for the 1st university. Should i apply again for the interview?

  6. I got visa for a university A. The university A starts at Augest 17. But i want to transfer to other university B.The university B starts at september 24. Transfer is possible before one month or not

  7. Hi Admin,
    I scheduled my VISA Interview on 15 JULY for University A , but didn’t submitted DS160 and SEVIS fee is yet pending , Now i got admit from another University B , In this case what needs to be done

    -> In DS 160 , can i fill new university ( B) and attend Interview

    My doubt is during VISA scheduling , we need to give SEVIS number and school right , I had given them as University A , will that cause any problem if I fill DS 160 with another University (B).

  8. Hi Admin,

    I am currently very confused, I have my IELTS score but there was an MBA program in the US college, which I have applied without any gre,gmat and ielts score and they were giving the admission to many students and I am one among them. But, suddenly I came to know that there are some issues going on immigration and many students were taken into custody and they are getting rejected to study in US for life time as the college study program is fake . I am really scared for this incident and my problem here is, that I got visa approval and within couple of months I have to attend college. Please I really need help for this what should I do ? I want to change my university will it be possible to do now………..

    • Kindly check the status of the University. Generally good Universities require GRE/GMAT as one of the requirements. I would suggest that you should focus on getting into good University in the United States rather than any University which is low ranked and randomly giving admissions.

  9. Hi… i got admit form a university(NPU) and den i applied for visa interview on august 5th i thought its going nice
    Now problm is yesterday i got admit form other university(VIU) dey will send admit in 7to 10 days but my intervw is on 5th augst i.e hardly i have 5days so as i dnt have admit card i cant change the university for visa interview right now..
    NPU strts in sep first week but VIU starts in augst 17th
    What should i do jst go to the intervw normally on 5th augst with NPU and aftr going to US how to change my univ plzz hlp me am in big dilama i like to graduate from VIU is dat posiible plz.hlp me

  10. What if i submited toefl score to university and take ielts scre card to visa interview…?
    Does visa intrviewr knows dat i had given toefl score to university….!
    What information dies a VO know about me before my interview

      • All are saying dat consulate people doesnt know what ielts r toefel u had submited to the university…..?
        How do consulate pople know about what doc’s i had submited

  11. All are saying dat consulate people doesnt know what ielts r toefel u had submited to the university…..?
    How do consulate pople know about what doc’s i had submited

  12. Hi, I got admissions from two universities A and B in two different fields. I started my studies at University A this Fall 2015. But I realized that I am not interested in this. So I want to drop out and join University B for next Fall 2016. I have also deferred my admission at University B. So I want to know, what exactly is the procedure to do this? Should I go back to india and apply for a new visa? Or will it be a problem to get a new visa since I dropped out from University A?

  13. Hi,

    I have applied for npu on sep 3rd till now I haven’t received any reply from them how long does npu take to review an application. .? Moreover in my case I am going for a dual degree I have already done my masters in uk now I am planning for US the gap is 4 years so what are my chances of getting a VISA

  14. The date my program begins on the new I-20 is different from that on the Ds-160 due to deferred admission after scheduling for an interview. Please how do I go about this?

  15. Hi Srinivas Raghav, I read this post thoroughly and I have one question, will there any problem during transfer if the programs are different? Currently I have my visa stamping done for PhD in EE major, can I transfer to MS in Computers, the university I got admit to MS is SEVP certified.

  16. Hello shrinivas,
    I really like your posts.i have a question.
    I got visa stamped for university of texas-kingsville.for spring term 2016 on 18th november.on 20th nov i got admission decsion from penn state university and they will send my i-20 in one week. can i get visa stamped for penn state university now. please explain about this and reply as soon as possible.

  17. Hi admin,
    I have got F-1 visa for NPU state for spring 2016, but due to some issues the government is not allowing some of university students which also includes NPU. so what is process if i want to apply for different university for summer. will my visa gets approved if i do the whole process again.
    Waiting for your valuable reply.Thanks in Advance

  18. Hi shrinivas raghav,

    I got visa on univ A and its program start date is jan 6th and i also have another admit and program start date is jan 13th. Can i transfer to univ B before i leave to u.s and go directly to univ B. Will there be any problemat immigration?

  19. Hii…. I got my visa approved on Univ A, but now i am planning to apply to Univ B. I dont have the I-20 for univ B right now. can i defer the admission to Univ A to next semester and get transferred to Univ B after reaching US for the deferred semester?? Or else what is the procedure to go to Univ B (I don’t wanna go for Visa Interview again) on the initial F1- Visa status.

  20. i got visa for spring intake,but i am in india itself,i am not interested to go to the university to which the visa issued,i want to go to another college in summer,so i must go to the visa again or not,or any other procedure is there or not

      • I got F 1 visa for university “A”, class start date od University A is 22 August. Now I have received I 20 from university “B”, the class start date of university “B” is also 22 August. I want to transfer to University “B” before going USA. Both university atr in the same state. Do I need to take new visa? If so, what is the procedure? Do I need to fill DS 160 & pay visa application fee again?

  21. Hello, I am in my second semester in now in the US and I would like to transfer to another university and also change my major as I am in probation now. Is it possible now to transfer? I didn’t apply for the second university yet.
    Please help me out.

  22. HELLO ADMIN,

    I LIKE TO KNOW WITH REGARD TO VISA AND F-1.
    A PERSON HAS
    VISA SHOWS UNIVERSITY NAME AS MICHIGAN.
    I-20 FOR MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY.
    F-1 FOR VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY.
    NOW STUDENT IS STUDYING IN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY.

    WILL THERE BE ANY PROBLEM? AS NAME IN VISA AND F-1 DIFFERS.
    HOW IT CAN BE LOOKED? WHAT IS REQUIRED?

  23. Hello Admin !

    URGENT HELP !

    I got admission from school X and they gave I-20 also through mail . I even did the visa procedure and got it approved , but I didn’t confirm my offer yet at School X.
    So now I have VISA for School and not even accepted the admission offer .
    Now I got offer from School Y and I want to go there…. they will mail the I-20 once I confirm their offer.
    Can anyone PLEASE tell me the exact procedure to handle this situation.
    Thanks in Advance

    • Hi,
      This is my exact problem. Please I need urgent help. I have some problem. I got a visa with University A, now the I20 is canceled. But I have a new I20. Should I go for a new visa or what do I do? Please help. Thanks.

  24. Hi

    I had an us visa for unt for spring 2016. Unfortunately, the visa was issued too late that i had to drop my plans for spring. In the mean time i gt admit from utd and applied for the visa. But i was rejected twice for utd visa. Will it be any problem if i face visa interview for unt again for fall

  25. Hi,

    I am already in USA and got my admission in Uni A, but as per few classes I am not finding the coursework suitable and want to change my University to B, which I have I20 for. I have not paid the fee for Uni A yet and the classes for Uni B has also not started yet. I am not sure how to go about the process and how will I get my stamp of Visa change in terms of Name of University in this case? Please help. Urgent

  26. Hi,

    I have my VISA approved for one university and i am waiting for one more university decision.
    If i get admit to the second one i will prefer going to the latter choice.

    Kindly guide me in case i get admit from the second university.

    What should be my course of action if this happens?

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