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Students currently attending another US institution: transferring your I-20

If you have been accepted to The Boston Conservatory and are currently an F1 student attending another school in the United States, you may be able to transfer* your immigration, or SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), record from your previous school to The Boston Conservatory. This will allow you to maintain continuous F1 status and provides you with the following benefits:

  1. You will not have to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee again when receiving your new I-20 from The Boston Conservatory because you are maintaining the same SEVIS ID number.
  2. You may become eligible sooner for certain F1 benefits, such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). In order to be eligible for these benefits, students must be in continuous F1 status for at least one year. By transferring your active SEVIS record from your previous school to The Boston Conservatory, you will maintain the continuity of your status and be able to use the time spent at your previous school when determining eligibility for benefits.

The transfer process works like this:

  1. Once admitted to The Boston Conservatory, you will receive an electronic acceptance letter that includes a link to special information and forms for international students. One of those forms is called the “International Student Information Form,” which includes a section in which you must select the statement that best applies to your situation. By selecting the option, “I currently hold an F-1 student visa because I am currently studying at a U.S. institution,” you will notify the Office of International Student Affairs of your intention to transfer your existing SEVIS record to The Boston Conservatory. Complete the entire form and attach the required documentation as per instructions as soon as possible.
  2. The Office of International Student Affairs will then confirm that you are eligible for a SEVIS transfer and send you a Transfer Release form via email. You will need to bring that form to the international student advisor at your previous school to request the transfer. She/He will work with you to determine the best date to transfer your record (release date) before signing the form and either returning it to you or sending it directly to The Boston Conservatory. The advisor will then schedule the transfer of your record in SEVIS for the appropriate date.
  3. Once your release date has passed and you have submitted all required forms and documents, the Director of International Student Affairs will issue you a “Transfer Pending” I-20 to indicate that you are in the process of moving from one US school to another. 
  4. Once you are enrolled as a full time student at The Boston Conservatory, AND within 15 days of the start of classes, the Director of International Student Affairs will complete your transfer and issue you a new “continued attendance” I-20.

IMPORTANT: Please save all I-20s issued to you. You will need to present them if you apply for practical training or if you change to another visa category in the future. 

* Although The Boston Conservatory may not consider you a “transfer student,” you are still considered a transfer student for immigration purposes if we transfer your SEVIS record from your previous school to The Boston Conservatory.

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