Transfer Students

Welcome to Rutgers! If you are already in the U.S. on F-1 or J-1 status, you must complete a transfer of your immigration sponsorship before beginning a full-time program of study at Rutgers University. Follow the steps below to transfer your immigration sponsorship to pursue full-time study at Rutgers.

Step 1: Apply to Rutgers through either the appropriate office, either the Rutgers Undergraduate Admissions office or the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Step 2: Inform the admissions office that you are an international student, and will need either an I-20 (for F-1 status) or a DS-2019 (for J-1 status).

Step 3: Once you are admitted to a full-time program at Rutgers, you must provide certification of funds and have your current school complete an "International Student Adviser's Report." You are eligible for transfer after you have submitted both of these documents to the correct admissions office.

Step 4: Contact the international services office of your current school and request that they transfer your SEVIS record to Rutgers. You will facilitate the transfer process and avoid any problems by providing the correct name of the school and campus that you will attend at Rutgers.

Step 5: Rutgers (via the admissions office) can issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019 only after your SEVIS record is transferred from your previous school and received by the correct school at Rutgers. You will then receive an I-20 or DS-2019 from Rutgers to facilitate your transfer. (The form should say "Transfer Pending" for F-1 students).

If you are an undergraduate student transferring to Rutgers-New Brunswick from either the Camden or Newark campuses, the Center for Global Services will issue your “Transfer Pending” I-20 once you are admitted to the New Brunswick campus through a specific school.

If you are a graduate student transferring into a joint program with the Graduate School–New Brunswick (including the molecular biosciences umbrella program with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences), OR if you are transferring to the Graduate School–New Brunswick from either Camden or Newark, the Center for Global Services will issue your “Transfer Pending” I-20 once you are admitted through the specific program. Please contact us at globalservices@global.rutgers.edu for further assistance regarding these specific transfer situations.

Step 6: To complete your transfer process, you must complete an online check-in process on iSTART before classes begin. Failure to check in at the center and to register for a full course of study will terminate your immigration status.