Transferring from Another U.S. School

TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER U.S. SCHOOL

If you have attended another school in the United States as an F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor, immigration regulations require that you complete a school transfer procedure to be authorized to attend Pace University. This “immigration transfer” procedure is required even if you graduated from your former school and serves to update SEVIS and notify the U.S. government that you have changed schools.

For F-1 students, the following procedure must be followed in order to begin the transfer process:

  1. The student needs to inform their current school of their intention to transfer to Pace University. The current school will “transfer out” the student’s SEVIS record to the appropriate campus of Pace University. The record must be released to Pace prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll at Pace.  The current school must enter the “release date” decided upon by the student.
  2. An “International Student Immigration Transfer Recommendation Form” must be completed by the student and by the current school’s International Student Advisor and submitted to the Office of International Programs & Services on the Pace campus to which the student will transfer.

*Please select the "International Student Immigration Transfer Recommendation Form" appropriate to the campus to which you are transferring:

New York City Campus Undergraduate & Graduate  / Pleasantville Campus / White Plains Grad Center / School of Law

Upon completion of these steps, the Office of Admission will issue the student a Form I-20 noting the Transfer Pending from the current school.

The school transfer must then be completed in one of two ways:

  1. By leaving the U.S. and re-entering with your new Form I-20 “Certificate for Eligibility” issued by Pace University (your immigration document will be processed by the BCBP at the port of entry to the U.S.).  Students will then need to report their local address and confirm their registration in classes to OIPS.
  2. For F-1 students, the new Pace I-20 must be issued to you within the first two weeks of the semester and you must report to the Office of International Programs and Services within the first two weeks of the semester.  Students will need to report their local address and confirm their registration in classes to OIPS. Your Form I-20 will then be processed by an advisor at OIPS and BICE/BCIS will be notified electronically that you have changed schools.

For J-1 exchange visitors, the following procedures should be followed:

The exchange visitor needs to inform his/her current sponsor of the intention to transfer to Pace University. The current sponsor will “transfer out” the exchange visitor’s SEVIS record to the appropriate sponsor name (Pace University) and program number. The record must be released to Pace prior to the start of the exchange visitor’s program at Pace.  The current sponsor must enter the “release date” decided upon by the exchange visitor.

Once the “release date” has passed, the Office of International Programs and Services (not the Office of Admission) will issue the exchange visitor a Form DS-2019 for their program at Pace.

The transfer procedure must then be completed in one of two ways:

  1. By leaving the U.S. and re-entering with your new Form DS-2019 “Certificate for Eligibility” issued by Pace University (your immigration document will be processed by the BCBP at the port of entry to the U.S.).  Exchange Visitors will need to report their local address and confirm participation in their program to OIPS.
  2. If remaining in the U.S., you will complete the transfer process by reporting your local address and confirming your program participation to OIPS. Your Form DS-2019 will then be processed by an advisor OIPS and BICE/BCIS will be notified electronically that you have changed J-1 sponsors.

ALL IMMIGRATION TRANSFERS MUST BECOMPLETED WITHIN 15 DAYS OF THE START OF THE SEMESTER IN WHICH YOU FIRST ENROLL AT PACE !