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Asked by: docrine-ga
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10 Oct 2006 22:17 PDT
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Question ID: 772548
I am an international student on F1 visa, and I am currently enrolled at the University of Michigan (fall 2006, classes started ? September 5th 2006). I do not have any assistantship and I do not foresee any in future. Therefore, I cannot afford the education here and I am planning to go to Missouri State University for the spring term -2007 which starts on 17 January 2007. I would like to leave the university on the 15th of October, take a partial tuition fee refund and enroll in the U.Missouri for Jan 2006. Therefore, there is a gap of 3 months between these two events. Could somebody tell me whether 1) my student status will get affected during this period? 2) I will have to go back to my country during this period or whether I will be allowed to stay back in the US/ 3) If I have to go back to my country, will I have to get a new visa? My current visa is valid till April 2008 4) Is there any way to stay back in the United States during this period? I mean whether I can get some waiver to stay back since I am eligible to come back on the 17 of December to attend the 17 January session?
Re: University Transfer
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 11 Oct 2006 11:43 PDT
Hello docrine, Good news! You can stay in the US. You will have to transfer your visa to Missouri State University. Springfield, MO is a nice area, by the way. Since there is less than a five month gap between these schools you're attending, you do not have to leave the US and your previous visa will remain valid. If you do leave the US, you will have to reapply for a visa to Missouri State. Here are the Brandeis University rules on visa transfers: Brandeis Visa Transfers http://www.brandeis.edu/isso/incoming_students/Transfer%20Procedures%202005.pdf "When does the visa transfer procedure apply? ? If you are currently in the United States in F-1 Visa Status and will not be out of the United States for longer than five months between programs" Here are the University of Pennsylvania's procedures: Visa Transfer to Penn http://www.upenn.edu/oip/iss/visa/transfer.html You will need to inform Missouri State that you will be transferring your visa to their institution. Then, the University of Michigan will need to transfer you to MSU. This mainly takes place between the two schools; you won't really have a part in it besides telling them what you want to do. You will need to be careful when doing this, because if you tell Michigan that you're dropping out without mentioning that you want to transfer the visa, they might simply declare that you have ended your education and your visa will end in 60 days. Good luck! If you have any clarifications that need to be answered or additional questions, let me know and I'll be happy to help. --keystroke-ga
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