Transfer to St. Thomas

What is a School Transfer?

In accordance with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), a "school transfer" is the process that allows an international student to leave one U.S. institution (before or after program completion) to attend another U.S. institution. A school transfer, with regard to immigration, does not refer to the transfer of academic credits or records between institutions.

  • F-1 students: must request the transfer no later than 60 days after their current program end date.

Transfer Eligibility

Students in F-1 status is eligible to transfer to or from St. Thomas University if they:

  • Have been fully admitted to St. Thomas University.
  • Are maintaining current non-immigrant status;
  • Are currently enrolled full-time, between semesters, or participating in approved OPT/academic training.
  • The new program at STU will begin within 5 months of after your current F-1 program end date.

Transfer to St. Thomas University

  1. Student is admitted to St. Thomas and receives the following from the Office of admissions:
    • Transfer Eligibility Form and
    • Financial Guarantee Form
  2. Student informs current International Student Advisor of intent to transfer to St. Thomas University
  3. Your current International Student Advisor releases your SEVIS record to STU as soon as possible. The release date will probably be the end date of your current school's academic session. STUS's F-1 school code is MIA214F00988000.
  4. Once the release date has passed, STU will have access to your SEVIS records we can issue a transfer I-20 (F-1). You will keep the same SEVIS number.