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Transferring at UC San Diego


If you are already in the U.S. and plan to transfer from another institution, please discuss your situation with your International Faculty & Scholars Office Advisor.

J-1 Transfer

Transfer In to UCSD

If you would like to transfer to UCSD, your sponsoring Department at UCSD will need to submit a J1 Initial Application on your behalf. Our office will need the name and contact information of your current International Office Advisor to coordinate your transfer. The IFSO standard processing time is approximately 10 business days from the receipt of a completed J-1 Application and 5 business days with RUSH processing.

Please note for J-1 scholars Transferring to UC San Diego, IFSO cannot issue the DS-2019 until the SEVIS release/start date. This may fall out of the 10-day business window depending on the transfer date.

Please notify us if you plan to travel outside of the U.S. while the transfer is pending. International travel is NOT recommended when transferring in between positions.

 

Transfer Out from UCSD

Please notify your advisor and your department that you would like to transfer to another institution. The immigration advisor at your new institution should contact your immigration advisor in our office to request the transfer of your record.

Please notify us if you plan to travel outside of the U.S. while the transfer is pending. The IFSO standard processing time is approximately 10 business days.

In order to facilitate the transfer out to another J-1 program we will need the following Information for your prospective J-1 program sponsor/institution:

  • International Scholar Advisor contact name:
  • International Scholar Advisor email:
  • J-1 SEVIS program number (NOT your SEVIS number) P-X-XXXXX

The following will need to confirmed by your UCSD department administrator or Supervisor:

  1. Confirmation the scholar is in good standing with department from (department Admin or PI):
  2. Confirmation the scholar has maintained their J-1 status;
  3. Last date of employment at UCSD:

H-1B Portability

Make sure to maintain continuous employment between old and new employer; a break in employment could result in an unfavorable petition adjudication by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.