If you are Currently in the U.S. on F-1 Status
You must notify ELS or your international student services office at your current school of your intent to transfer. You must tell them that you intend to transfer to the University of Cincinnati and what date you wish to be released from their sponsorship. Once you notify them of your intent, they will go into the SEVIS system and release you for transfer to UC. Tell the office that we are listed in SEVIS as:
- University of Cincinnati-University of Cincinnati (if admitted to our main campus),
- University of Cincinnati-UC Blue Ash College (if admitted to our Blue Ash branch campus), or
- University of Cincinnati-UC Clermont College (if admitted to our Clermont branch campus).
Once the release date is reached, your I-20 for study at the University of Cincinnati can be issued. You should go to https://ioffice.uc.edu to complete our F-1 SEVIS Transfer In Request eForm found in the "Admission and Orientation" section. You will be required to scan and upload copies of your passport, I-20’s, I-94 card and visa. ELS students will need to list Kori Lentes (email firstname.lastname@example.org) as the current school advisor.
Check-In with UC International Services
Once your transfer has been approved you should complete the "Pre Arrival Checklist" at ioffice.uc.edu. Click on the Limited iStart Services link. Enter your UC ID number, date of birth and click the "access PIN number" button.
After you receive your access PIN number by email, go back to ioffice.uc.edu. Click the Limited Services for Students and Scholars link again. Enter your UC ID number, date of birth and access PIN number. Next, click on the "Admission & Orientation" link and then the "Pre Arrival Checklist".
Validity of Visa Stamp
If you have a valid F-1 visa stamp in your passport and you are traveling home before enrolling at UC, you do not need to obtain a new visa stamp at the U.S. Consulate / Embassy before returning to the U.S. You only need to obtain a new visa stamp if the expiration date has been reached prior to the date you plan to return to the U.S.