A SEVIS transfer is the process of moving your SEVIS record from your current school to a new school after you are admitted. Most commonly this happens when:
Since J-1 Student SEVIS transfers can be complex, you will need to confirm eligibility for a SEVIS transfer with the ISS office before a transfer can be initiated. To contact an ISS advisor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: J-1 Student SEVIS transfer. An advisor in ISS will review your situation and let you know how to proceed with the SEVIS transfer.
If you are a J-1 Student visa holder who is currently sponsored (such as by IIE, AMIDEAST, or Laspau) and are interested in transferring your sponsorship to UB, please contact Kara Lanuti at email@example.com to discuss your situation and ensure you are eligible for this type of transfer.
Once you have confirmed eligibility for the transfer, consider the following points when deciding the date to have your SEVIS record transferred to the new school:
If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, you can transfer to another school during your academic training. However, consider the following:
If you have J-2 dependents (your spouse or unmarried children under 21 years of age), who will transfer their sponsorship along with you or join you at UB shortly after the SEVIS transfer, you will need to provide additional documentation showing your ability to meet your dependents' expenses as well as copies of their passports.
If your dependents will join you later, you may request a DS-2019 from UB at any time during your stay at UB. For additional information on adding a J-2 dependent, reference our J-2 Dependents webpage.
Note: If you apply for a waiver of the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement (INA 212e), and your waiver is recommended in writing by the U.S. Department of State (“No Objection Statement”) or you receive Form I-612 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you are no longer eligible for any J-1 benefits (DS-2019 Extension, Academic Training, SEVIS Transfer, etc.). Therefore, please consult with ISS before applying for the waiver. Since 212(e) waiver applications can be complex, we also recommend that you seek assistance from an experienced immigration attorney.