How To Transfer Your F-1 Visa

How To Transfer Your F-1 Visa

Are you looking for a new school or having trouble with your Intensive English education due to the Covid-19 pandemic? At Forum English Center we're fully operational, providing students a wonderful virtual learning experience while our campus is closed. 

Transfer Your F-1 Visa In 4 Easy Steps

Steps To Transfer Your F-1

Many schools and businesses have had trouble continuing normal operations during the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to confusion among F1 Students & their continued schooling, which is why our team at Forum English Center wants to help!

If your last day in class at your current school is after December 18th, you should be able to transfer your I-20 (F1 visa) to Forum for the summer semester.

Check out our information below, describing how to transfer your F1 Visa to Forum English Center, or to find out if you are eligible to transfer please contact Maria at [email protected] or (703)-566-8880.


Transfer Your f-1 visa in 4 steps
Step 1 Transfer F-1 Visa

STEP 1 - Gather & Provide Following Forms

(All supporting documents can be uploaded through the application portal or scanned and emailed to [email protected])

  • A copy of your passport and your F1 visa or Change of Status approval
  • Copy of your I-94
  • Current Form I-20 (page 1 and 2)
  • Complete Part 1 of the Transfer Form
  • Copy of a recent bank statement (no more than 60 days old) of the student or his/her sponsor demonstrating a minimum of U.S. $15,000. Add an additional $1,500 for each dependent (spouse or child accompanying you).
  • If the bank statement is not in your name complete the Affidavit Support Form

Step 2 - Complete the Student Application Form

  • Click on link and download document
  • Fill out full document
  • Upload all supporting documents for the form
  • Pay the non-refundable $100 application fee through our portal.


Step 3 - Wait While Forum Processes Your Request

  • If accepted, Forum will notify you via email and will send your Acceptance Letter and Transfer Form to your current DSO.
  • Once your SEVIS record has been released from your former school, we will contact you.

Step 4 - Placement Test & Registration

  • Once your SEVIS record has been released from your former school, we will contact you to take the placement test (Virtually or in person depending on current CDC guidelines) and register for class.
  • You will receive your I-20 once classes start.
  • At this time, you will also need to pay at least the first month’s tuition.


Forum hopes to offer in-person classes at its center for the summer semester starting on May 18th, but administrators will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely and listen to the guidance of state and federal health officials.  In the meantime, the school will be cleaned and disinfected to ensure a safe facility upon our reopening.

Step 4 F-1 Visa Transfer

FAQ's About F-1 Visa Transfers


  • Can international students take online classes during COVID-19? Currently the Department of Homeland Security is allowing F1 international students to take classes online. Forum will resume its spring semester with online classes and will provide an update at the end of April on whether summer classes will continue online or if there will be a hybrid option. Click here for more resources and information regarding international students during the coronavirus pandemic:
  • Can International Students Transfer School in the US?  Yes! Transferring is simple.  You can read more about the process on the Study in the States:
  • When must a transfer student start classes at new school? What is the F1 Transfer 5 Month Rule?  A student must start attending classes at their new school within five months of the last day he or she attended classes or the next available session, whichever comes sooner.  A new initial student must have a program start date within 30 days of their arrival in the U.S. If the period of time between F-1 activities is longer than 5 months, your SEVIS record is not eligible for transfer.
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