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F-1 Transfer Process

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