Request a Transfer I-20 as a Current F-1 Student

We are excited for you to start your education at Marymount University! If you are a student with an active F-1 student visa and you currently hold a Form I-20 from another U.S. institution, you must arrange for the transfer of your SEVIS record to Marymount and obtain a Form I-20 from Marymount.

If you are transferring their SEVIS record from another institution or a language school, then you will need to follow additional steps.

Students transferring from another US school should provide:

  • Copies of previous visas
  • Their most recent I-94
  • Most recent previous I-20 (Applicable for current F-1 at another US institution)

In addition to the regular I-20 request on the ISSS portal, students will need to complete the “Transfer In” request located in Tab 2 of the ISSS portal to transfer their current  active SEVIS record to MU. You will need:

  • Your International Advisor (DSO)’s email from your current institution
  • Your advisor must verify and sign your transfer request
  • Your Current school name and SEVIS Code (found in your current I-20)
  • Marymount’s SEVIS School code:  WAS 214F00223000

Please discuss the SEVIS transfer process and your current immigration status with your current international student office. You may need to submit a copy of your MU acceptance letter to the international student office at your current school in addition to this electronic request.

Follow These Steps for a Transfer I-20

  1. Confirm that you will be attending Marymount and pay the $500 deposit.
  2. Three to five days after students pay the deposit, they will receive an email with a link to access the ISSS portal, where they will be able to initiate the I-20 request. 
  3. Students should generate their MU account prior to logging into this portal.
  4. Once in the ISSS portal, students will be prompted with a series of questions needed for immigration, and will be asked to upload the following documents:
  5. Students will also need to complete the Transfer In request on Tab 2 and provide the additional following documents:
    • Copies of previous visas
    • Their most recent I-94
    • Most recent previous I-20 (Applicable for current F-1 at another US institution)
    • Contact information for the DSO at their current school

Students who are bringing dependents

F-1 students can only bring a spouse and/or their own children as dependents. If you have dependents accompanying you, please have their passports and official translations of marriage and/or birth certificates for each member, to be uploaded in the ISSS portal at the time you are completing the I-20 request.

In addition to the amounts above, students with dependents should demonstrate additional funding of $7,500 to support a spouse and $5,000 per child.

I-20 Processing Time

Upon receiving all completed documents, the processing time for an I-20 typically takes 5 to 10 business days. If your documentation is incomplete, you will be contacted by a staff member.

If you have further questions or need assistance using the portal, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at or call at 703-526-6922

To learn how to renew your Visa as an F-1 Student if needed, click here.