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F-1 Transfer Process

  • Your I-20 must be in status as it will need to be verified by your current institution before NOVA will accept your visa transfer.
  • The international application fee will not be refunded if your visa status cannot be verified by your current institution.
  • Apply to NOVA: in one of the three programs based on your English proficiency; ESL PathwayIntensive Englishor the Degree Program.
  • Upload all the required documents in the online application, including a copy of your current I-20, I94 and F1 visa.
  • OIS will issue you a conditional acceptance letter and F-1 Status Verification Form within ten working days of receiving your completed application.
  • Sign the student section of the Verification Form and give it to your current school adviser with a copy of your NOVA acceptance letter.
  • Your advisor must complete the advisor’s section of the Verification Form and return it to NOVA.
  • Your advisor should release your SEVIS record (I-20) to the specific NOVA campus (AL, AN, MA, LO, WO) where you will be studying.
  • You may register for classes after the F-1 Status Verification Form has been returned to OIS.
  • Your new I-20 will be issued within two weeks of the date your SEVIS record is released to NOVA.
  • You may register for classes and begin studying while you wait for your I-20 to be issued.