Services for International Students and Scholars

Transfer I-20 Application Process

Students currently in F-1 visa status who have been admitted to a full-time program at Northeastern University and are currently enrolled at another U.S. institution or in a period of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) at that institution. These students are seeking to transfer their F-1 record in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) from their current U.S. institution to Northeastern University.

Transferring your SEVIS Record

It is important that you work with the Designated School Official (DSO) at your current school’s international student office on the specific process and required documentation needed to complete your transfer-out request.  As your current school holds your SEVIS record, you must first start the transfer process there.

After completion of the transfer-out process, your current institution’s DSO will set a transfer release date for your SEVIS record. This is the date from which the DSO at your transfer-out school deactivates your SEVIS record from that school and then transfers your SEVIS record to Northeastern University, the transfer-in school. Please be sure to confirm with your DSO at your current school that your SEVIS record has been transferred to the correct campus that you have been admitted to at Northeastern. Campus locations include Boston, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Charlotte.

Your Form I-20 from Northeastern cannot be issued until you complete the required steps of requesting a transfer I-20 with the Office of Global Services. In addition, your I-20 cannot be issued until your SEVIS record has been released by your transfer-out school to Northeastern.

Applying for the Transfer I-20

You can submit a transfer I-20 request only after you have been officially admitted to a full-time program of study. You will also need to be sure to confirm other requirements needed by the admissions office before your I-20 request submission. At that time, you will then be able to submit an electronic I-20 request through myOGS. OGS encourages you to submit your transfer I-20 request as soon as possible to provide ample time for the issuance of the I-20 prior to your enrollment.

How to prepare for, access and submit the online Transfer I-20 Request:

Step 1: Required documents (must be in digital format of PDF or JPEG):

  • Color copy of the identity page of your passport
  • Financial documents meeting your program’s expenses:
    • To access the estimated expenses for the NU college of your program, please see “New Student I-20 Request Forms” under the Forms & Guides page.
  • Currency Conversion:
    • If you are submitting financial documents that are not in U.S. Dollars, please provide a currency conversion and upload it to the e-form. Here is a currency conversion calculator –https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/
  • Sponsor letter or Affidavit of Support: Only required when your sponsor is a non-blood relative
  • Transfer-in Verification Form:
    • This form is required and must be completed by the International Student Advisor (P/DSO) at the transfer-out school and the student. To access this form, please see “New Student Forms” under the Forms & Guides page.

Step 2: Accessing the I-20 request e-form

  • Please see “New Student I-20 Request Forms” under the Forms & Guides page for the e-form for the NU college of your program.
  • You will be prompted to enter your myNEU username and password login. The myOGS I-20 request e-form is designed to respond to your individual situation and will guide you through the request process. If you have any questions, please contact your specific NU college admissions office or the OGS.

Guidelines for Demonstrating Financial Support

When requesting an I-20 for your Northeastern program of study, please show all sources of financial support and ensure that the sum equals or exceeds the program’s estimated expenses for yourself and any dependents. All financial documentation must be in English (or certified English translations must be included) and must be issued within 9 months of your program start date.

To see the estimated expenses for the NU college you have been admitted to, please go to “New Student I-20 Request Forms” under the Forms & Guides page.

Financial sources must be readily available liquid assets, such as:

  • Checking or Savings Accounts
  • Money Market Accounts
  • Certificates of Deposit, Term Deposits and Fixed Deposits (with maturity dates no later than the program start date)
  • Current Accounts
  • University Scholarships
  • Financial guarantee letters
  • Educational Loans (a loan application is not sufficient)
  • Benevolent Accounts

The following are examples of sources that are NOT acceptable:

  • Investment Portfolios
  • Retirement Plans
  • Public Provident Funds
  • Available Lines of Credit
  • Deeds to Real Estate
  • Material Items (examples: livestock, land, jewelry, fur)
  • Leases with Rental Income
  • Salary Agreements or Paystubs
  • Income Tax Forms

Dependents

A dependent is a spouse or children (unmarried under the age of 21).  If you would like to have dependents to accompany you during your study in the U.S., you will need to indicate this when completing your I-20 request e-form. In addition, you will need to provide a color copy of the identity page of the passport for your dependent(s).

You will also need to show additional funding on your financial documents for your dependents. For your spouse: add $10,000 to the estimated expenses for your program of study. For your child/children: add $6,000 per person to the estimated expenses for your program of study.

When requesting an I-20 for your Northeastern program of study, please show all sources of your financial support and ensure that the sum equals or exceeds the estimated expenses for yourself and any dependents.

All financial documentation must be in English (or certified English translations must be included) and must be issued within 9 months of your program start date.

Financial sources must be readily available liquid assets, such as:

  • Checking or savings accounts
  • Money market accounts
  • Certificates/term deposits/fixed deposits (with maturity dates no later than the program start date)
  • Educational loans (a loan application is not sufficient)
  • Benevolent account
  • Current account
  • Post Office accounts
  • University scholarships
  • Financial guarantee letters (for SACM or SABIC international students)

The following are examples of sources that are NOT acceptable:

  • Investment portfolios

(Examples: stocks, bonds, mutual funds)

  • Retirement plans
  • Public Provident funds
  • Available lines of credit
  • Wire transfers
  • Deeds to real estate
  • Leases with rental income
  • Salary agreements or paystubs
  • Material items (examples: livestock, land, jewelry, fur)
  • Income tax forms

When can I request a transfer in I-20?

You can submit an I-20 Request only after you have been admitted, have accepted the offer, and have paid a tuition deposit. At that time, you will be able to submit an electronic I-20 Request through myOGS. The Admission office of your school will guide you.

When is the deadline to request a transfer in I-20?

You need to contact your Admission office of your respective school to find out the deadline to I-20 submission.

What documents do I need to submit for Transfer in I-20 request?

In general you need to submit a color passport copy, a financial document and Transfer In form (signed and completed by both your transfer out International Student Advisor and yourself), but you should refer to the I-20 instructions.

How long does it take for the I-20 to be issued?

The Office of Global Services takes up to two weeks for I-20 review after the request has been approved by the Admission office. Please note that during the peak season it may take longer.

Can my I-20 be issued before the Transfer Release Date?

Your I-20 can be issued as early as the Transfer Release date, but please keep in mind that the Office of Global Services takes up to two weeks for I-20 review after the request has been approved by the Admission office.

How do I decide when my Transfer Release date should be?

In general, your Transfer Release date has to be within 60 days from your program completion. Please communicate with your current institution to determine the Release date.

Will I pay another SEVIS fee if I transfer my I-20?

You will not be required to pay another SEVIS fee if you have transferred your SEVIS record.

My F-1 visa is valid and I just received my Transfer in I-20. Do I need to apply for a new F-1 visa because my current F-1 visa stamp has my previous institution name on it?

If your F-1 visa is still valid and you have received a Transfer in I-20 with the same SEVIS number, you will not be required to apply for a new F-1 visa. You can enter the U.S. with the Transfer in I-20 from NEU and your valid F-1 visa.

If I leave the U.S., when can I enter and will I need a travel signature?

If you leave the U.S., you can enter any time prior to the start of your NEU program with your Transfer in I-20 and F-1 valid visa. A travel signature will not be needed for first time entry.