Transfers, Withdrawals & Your SEVIS Record

When your student status at Northwestern changes, you are required to adjust your SEVIS record as well. Learn more about situations when you may need to transfer or withdraw your SEVIS record.

Transferring your SEVIS record

A SEVIS record must reflect your current academic institution. If you transfer to a new institution, your immigration status and record must also be transferred to that institution. You must also transfer your record if you are beginning a new program at a new institution after program completion at NU.

Important notes about transferring your record:

  • Once a record has been transferred, the IO will not longer have access to it.
  • Once a record has been transferred, the transfer cannot be canceled or reversed.

How to apply for a SEVIS transfer

  1. We recommend consulting with an IO advisor as a first step. We can provide guidance and clarification regarding the transfer process.
  2. Download and complete the SEVIS Transfer Out Form.
  3. Submit it to the International Office during walk-in hours.

Upon release of your immigration record to the new institution, the new institution will create an I-20 or DS-2019 for you.

Withdrawing your SEVIS record

If you are taking a temporary leave of absence or withdrawing from Northwestern altogether, you must withdraw your SEVIS record. Please note that once you have officially withdrawn you are not eligible for a grace-period and should leave the U.S. as quickly as possible.

How to withdraw your SEVIS record

  1. We recommend consulting with an IO advisor as a first step. We can provide guidance and clarification regarding the withdrawal process.
  2. Download and complete the Notice of Withdrawal or Leave of Absence Form. It requires a signature from your academic adviser.
  3. Submit it to the International Office during walk-in hours.