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Visa Status Transfer
  • Canadian citizens do not require an entry visa.
  • If you are currently in the United States in F-1 or J-1 visa status and plan to remain in that same visa status, see the Visa Transfers page for instructions on how to transfer your F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record to the University of Minnesota.

How to Transfer a Visa From Another Institution

You are considered a "Visa Status Transfer Student" if you currently hold F-1 or J-1 status at another institution in the United States and plan to remain in the same immigration status (F-1 or J-1) when at the UMN. This includes students who are transferring to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities from another UMN school or the Minnesota English Language program. If this does not describe you, review our information about applying for a visa.

How to Transfer Your Visa

F-1 Transfer Students

The F-1 transfer process involves several steps, all of which must be carried out to complete your transfer.

  1. Contact the international student advising office at your current institution and inform them of your intent to transfer to the University of Minnesota. An adviser at your current school will need to determine your "transfer release date" and schedule your SEVIS record to be transferred to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on that date.
  2. Undergraduate and professional degree students must complete a Transfer Release form.
  3. A. Use your UMN email and password to log into MyISSS.

    B. Once logged in, click on "Admission" and select "Transfer Release Form." You will need to enter your Transfer Release Date to submit this form, so you do not want to begin until you know this information.

    C. If you are a graduate student and you indicated on your financial certification form that you are transferring your F-1 record to UMN-TC, the Graduate School will email you. You do not need to complete the form.

    * Your I-20 cannot be processed until your SEVIS record has been transferred to the UMN on your transfer release date.

  4. University of Minnesota "Transfer Pending" I-20 record will be created within two weeks after the record from your previous school has been received. This is a TEMPORARY I-20 that will expire 15 days after the start of the semester.
  5. After arriving at the UMN, scan and submit your documents through MyISSS before attending your ISSS Check-In and Welcome Session.
  6. Update your "Mailing Address" (your address in Minnesota) on MyU. Review our directions as addresses must be formatted in a specific manner.
  7. Register full-time for courses.
  8. You will receive an email from ISSS within the first two weeks of the semester indicating your University of Minnesota "Transfer Completed" I-20 is available for pick up at ISSS (190 Humphrey School). This is your official University of Minnesota I-20, and you are required to pick up this document. Failure to do so could put your F-1 status at risk.

J-1 Transfer Students

  1. Meet with a J-1 adviser at your current school to discuss your intent to transfer to the University of Minnesota, to determine a SEVIS transfer "effective date," and to schedule your SEVIS record to transfer to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  2. Use your UMN email and password to log into MyISSS.
  3. From the MyISSS home page, click on "Admission" and select "DS-2019 Application for New J-1 Degree-Seeking Applicants."
  4. After arriving at the UMN, scan and submit your documents through MyISSS before attending your ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session.
  5. Update your "Mailing Address" (your address in Minnesota) on MyU. Review our directions as addresses must be formatted in a specific manner.
  6. Register full-time for classes.
  7. Once you have completed the ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session and registered for classes, you must meet with a J adviser* at ISSS (190 Humphrey School) within 25 days to obtain your UMN DS-2019.
  8. * Sponsored students should request to meet a Sponsored Student adviser.

Traveling During the Transfer Process

If you are currently on an F-1 or J-1 student visa and you are traveling outside the USA before starting your UMN studies, you need to obtain a temporary "transfer pending" I-20 or a new DS-2019 to re-enter the United States. This document will be automatically created after your record has been released to UMN by your previous institution.

If you cannot obtain your I-20/DS-2019 before departing the USA, you must arrange for it to be mailed to your overseas address. You cannot use your previous institution's documents to reenter the USA after your SEVIS record has been released to the UMN.

You must also have a valid entry F-1 or J-1 visa in your passport. If it has not expired, you may use the F-1 entry visa from your previous educational institution to re-enter the USA. If you have a J-1 visa, contact an ISSS adviser.

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