As a SEVIS transfer student (transfer is defined for immigration purposes as the electronic transfer of your SEVIS documents from one U.S. institution to another), can I defer my program?

Based on previous guidance from the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), transfer students who are outside the U.S. and unable to begin their program in person, may request a deferral of their program's begin date for immigration purposes. As an example, a transfer student who was scheduled to begin an academic program in the fall but was unable to enter the U.S. in time will be forwarded a new I-20 with the spring program begin date (January 10, 2021, for undergraduate students; January 11, 2021, for graduate students) once the SEVIS record has been re-activated. The request for re-activation can be made no earlier than 60 days prior to the program's begin date.

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