Transfer Immigration Status

F-1 and J-1 transferring students are not required to pay the SEVIS fee again.

Transfer In to American University

If you plan to transfer your immigration status to American University from another U.S. institution, you must contact the International Student Advisor at your current institution and determine a transfer release date.

F-1 Students

Please log in to iEagle to submit a transfer-in e-form. The transfer-in e-form is located under the New Student menu after you log in. 

If you are transferring into the International Accelerator Program, please submit the F-1 Transfer-in Form (PDF) to American University's International Student and Scholar Services office.

J-1 Students

Please log in to iEagle to submit a transfer-in e-form. The transfer-in e-form is located under the New Student menu after you log in. 

Transfer Out from American University

To transfer your immigration record to another U.S. institution, you need to meet the following requirements: 

  • You must request transfer-out after admission to the other institution.
  • You can request transfer-out at the end of the semester or before a new semester starts. ISSS cannot transfer out students in the middle of the semester (with rare exceptions).

  • If you graduated or completed your academic program, you can request to transfer out during your 60-day grace period (F-1) or 30-day grace period (J-1).

  • If you are on Post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Post-completion Academic Training (AT), you may request to transfer out at any time. Please note you will be required to stop employment at least a day before your selected transfer-out date. You may also transfer out once you have finished training, during your 60-day grace period for OPT or 30-day grace period for AT.

  • The new program must start within 5 months of the end of the semester/program completion/OPT or AT end date. 

Please contact ISSS and the advisor at the new institution for additional details on the transfer process.

American University will need the e-form below completed and submitted by you. Your new university will likely require that you also submit their transfer-in form to your new international student office.

F-1 and J-1 Students

Please log in to iEagle to submit a transfer-out e-form. The transfer-out e-form is located under the Current Student menu after you log in.