I-20 Transfer Procedures

F-1 International students are only considered "transfer students" for immigration purposes if you are currently in valid F-1 status and no more than 5 months has passed from your last date of attendance OR your last day of OPT (whichever is later).  The deadline for F-1 students to request a transfer is 60 days after the program completion or OPT end date, whichever is later.

Students will be out of status if they fail to receive a transfer I-20 from OIP within 15 days of the beginning of the semester.

How to receive your new SF State I-20:

Step 1

Notify the International Student Advisor at your current school that you have been admitted to SF State and intend to transfer. Please notify your advisor to transfer your record to:

San Francisco State University (SFSU)

If you are attending a certificate program, please release SEVIS record to

San Francisco State University (SFSU) - Downtown Campus

SF State does not require student's current school DSO to complete any Transfer Eligibility or Transfer Evaluation form.

Step 2

The International Student Advisor at your current school will release your record to SF State. The release date will most likely be the last day of your attendance at your current school.  Please be sure that your release date is before or within 15 days of the beginning of semester at SF State.

Step 3

If you are admitted to SF State and your financial documents have been accepted by the admissions office, OIP will issue your transfer I-20 within five business days of your SEVIS release date.  You will be notified by e-mail when the I-20 is ready for pick up at OIP front desk.  Please respond to the notification e-mail if you wish to receive your I-20 by mail.