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How to get a Student I-20/DS-2019

After you are granted admission to Vanderbilt University you will receive a congratulatory email from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).  In this e-mail, you will receive a link to the online International Student Financial Statement.  To get a Vanderbilt I-20 or DS-2019 you must submit the International Student Financial Statement along with your passport ID page, proof of funding (if required), and dependent information (if applicable).

If you have been admitted but have not received an email from ISSS please contact ISSS at isss@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-2753.

 

I’m a F-1 or J-1 Student currently in the U.S. how do I transfer my immigration record to Vanderbilt?

If you currently hold an F-1 or J-1 visa your immigration record must be transferred to Vanderbilt to that and I-20/DS-2019 can be issued.

According to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), “school transfer” is the process by which an international student leaves one U.S. institution (before or after program completion) to begin attendance at another U.S. institution. School transfer, with regard to immigration, does not refer to the transfer of academic credits or records between institutions.

Transfer Eligibility

Students in F-1 or J-1 status are eligible to transfer to or from Vanderbilt University if they are:

  • Admitted and otherwise eligible for a SEVIS document (I-20 or DS-2019, for F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status, respectively)
  • Maintaining current non-immigrant status
  • Currently enrolled full-time, between terms, or participating in approved practical/academic training

Transfer to Vanderbilt Process

You must complete the SEVIS Transfer Form before your I-20/DS-2019 can be issued.  You will receive a link to the SEVIS Transfer Form once you complete and submit the International Student Financial Statement.

If you did not see the link to the SEVIS Transfer Form please contact ISSS at isss@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-2753.

Transition to Vanderbilt

TRANSFER STUDENTS WHO REMAIN IN THE U.S. BETWEEN INSTITUTIONS:

  • Will receive the Vanderbilt SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 upon campus arrival; it will not be mailed in advance

TRANSFER STUDENTS WHO WILL TRAVEL ABROAD AND RE-ENTER U.S. BEFORE VANDERBILT STUDIES BEGIN:

  • Request the new SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 before departure from the U.S. If not possible, SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 will be sent to the foreign address
  • If the current visa (F-1/J-1) is valid (unexpired), a new visa is not required even if the visa carries the name of the previous school
  • U.S. re-entry is possible with the Vanderbilt-issued SEVIS I-20/DS-2019, valid passport, and a valid visa
  • If a new visa is needed for reentry, the transfer student must apply using the Vanderbilt SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 and financial documentation

Transfer Timeline and Limitations

Transfers must be done within the deadlines established by USCIS, otherwise the student will be “out of status”

  • Transfer students must enroll at Vanderbilt in the term immediately following previous school’s last term, summer vacation, or practical training
  • F-1 60-Day Grace Period or J-1 30-Day Grace Period: Transfer must be initiated within the grace period following completion a course of study or practical/academic training; the student is eligible for transfer through the end of the grace period
  • 5-Month Start-Date Limit: Student must start new school within 5 months of SEVIS Release Date or program completion date

 

I’m currently in the U.S. in a different visa type, and need to change my status to F-1 or J-1

Individuals currently in the U.S., who would like to change their Immigration Status to F-1 or J-1, please read through the Change of Status Information and contact ISSS at isss@vanderbilt.edu.



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