Transferring U.S. Schools
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 Rollins College. 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 Rollins College. The current school will “transfer out” the student’s SEVIS record to Rollins College. The record must be released to Rollins prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll at Rollins. 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 Student & Scholar Services.

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Upon completion of these steps, the Office of International Student & Scholar Services 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 Rollins College (your immigration document will be processed by the CBP 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 Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS).
   2. For F-1 students, the new Rollins I-20 must be issued to you within the first two weeks of the semester and you must report to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services within the first two weeks of the semester. Students will need to report their local address and confirm their registration in classes to OISSS. Your Form I-20 will then be processed by an advisor at OISSS and ICE/USCIS will be notified electronically that you have changed schools.

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

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

Once the “release date” has arrived, the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (not the Office of Admission) will issue the exchange visitor a Form DS-2019 for their program at Rollins.

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 Rollins College (your immigration document will be processed by the CBP 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 OISSS. Your Form DS-2019 will then be processed by an advisor OISSS and ICE/USCIS 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 ROLLINS !