International Student Services

Transfer Complete I-20

F-1 regulations require that schools notify the U.S. government when international students have completed the required steps to transfer their SEVIS record from one school to another.

When a student studying at another school is admitted, and starts the SEVIS transfer process to move their I-20 to UW, they are issued a “transfer pending” I-20.

After the SEVIS transfer process is completed, ISS prints a “transfer complete” I-20 that looks like this example.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I request my new transfer complete I-20?

Students do not need to contact ISS to request an update to the I-20 with transfer complete information — it will happen automatically.

When will my new I-20 be ready?

Students will be notified by email when the new I-20 is ready for pickup. Usually this happens in the 4th – 6th week of the quarter.

I picked up my Transfer Complete I-20, and my major is different than I expected. Why is that?

The U.S. government has a system where each university major has a government code number (called a CIP code) and a matching standard name. This is because universities can use very different “preferred names” for their programs of study, and the CIP code system helps standardize information from school to school.