J-1 Exchange Visitors who would like to continue their program activities and objective at another university or institution can request to have their SEVIS record transferred if they are maintaining the same program objective and remaining within the same exchange visitor category.
Exchange visitors who have maintained their J-1 status and have remaining time in their exchange visitor category (research scholars & professors, 5 years; short-term scholars, 6 months) are eligible to transfer to another program sponsor.
Generally, the SEVIS release date is the day immediately following your final day of J program activity at UI. If you have J-2 dependents, their SEVIS records will automatically be transferred at the same time that your record is released. After your SEVIS record is released, all requests and authorizations must come from your new program sponsor.
You must complete you program activities at UI before your SEVIS release date. Any work done after this date at UI will not be eligible for compensation and is considered a violation of your J-1 status.
Your new program sponsor will be able to issue your transfer DS-2019 after your SEVIS record has been released by UI. You will need to contact the Responsible/Alternate Responsible Officer at the new university/institution to complete the transfer process and receive your new DS-2019.