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Q&A Post on Avvo.com on F-1 Visa – Transfering Schools

PUBLIC’S QUESTION: Drop off the education and immigration status

Asked about 20 hours ago – Orlando, FL
Practice area: Immigration – Edit

I get tired of communicating with my uni’s staffs and their law and logics or it is better to say lack of logic. I really hate this envirnmoment and I wonder if I leave my education what would be the consiquences for me as F1 visa holder. What I can do to prevent immigration status or it is better to ask after leave my universuity how I can stay at US legally? what are my options?
in future if I want to continue my education would this leaving affect any academic performances of mine?


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Answered less than a minute ago. Immigration Attorney in Miami, FL.
Please note that to transfer schools as an F-1 Visa holder, it appears that you must be a full-time student at the time of your transfer request, otherwise you may have to request reinstatement to student status. So before you leave your education, be careful. You may wish to stay at your current school and decide/apply if and where you want to transfer, rather than leave first and then ask for a transfer.
If you decide you want to leave, you should talk with your new desired school. You may wish to tour the school, ask other international students if they like it, and ensure that you can get in. Once you apply and confirm that the new school will take you, you should notify your current school of your intent to transfer. You current school should in turn will update your status in SEVIS as a transfer-out student (to be released at the end of the semester or session, or earlier if you request). It seems that you can cancel your transfer during this wait time, just in case you change your mind.
After this transfer wait time, your new school should be granted access to your SEVIS to complete your transfer and issue the I-20 transfer form. There appears to be a deadline to contact the DSO at your new school (15 days before new school start date), so you should leave plenty of time to contact the new school’s DSO and to make sure that the new school’s DSO updates SEVIS that you have transferred and enrolled (you should get a copy of this form).
Considering the risk of losing your F-1 status by just dropping out, you may want to weigh all your options an make sure that you want to leave or transfer.
For more answers to your questions, contact MIA at abernhard@miamivisahelp.com or Miami International Attorneys at www.miamivisahelp.com.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A Post on Avvo.com on F-1 Visa – Transfering Schools

  1. You better keep sharingmore stuff like this its an amazing topic!!

    Posted by Sara hobbins | January 29, 2012, 8:52 pm
    • Hello,

      Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas, thoughts, or for any other immigration issue.



      Posted by mitochondrialmigrator | February 5, 2012, 11:03 pm

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