Transferring an I-20

This page is for students with an I-20 inside of the United States, wishing to transfer into Montgomery College. Please also see "Additional Information for Transfer of a SEVIS I-20" below for helpful hints and special situations.

Current MC students planning to transfer OUT of the College, see Transfer Out Instructions.

NOTE: If you have already completed an associate's or higher degree in the United States, please contact our international coordinator for admission and add a letter explaining why you wish to pursue the major you have chosen at the associate level.

Deadlines for Transferring an I-20:
  • August 1 for FALL semester (classes begin early September)
  • December 1 for SPRING semester (classes begin late January)
  • I-20s are not transferred for summer session

For travel outside of the United States before attending Montgomery College, please see travel between studies in the additional information below. Please note: transfer students who have not yet fully registered and paid for all classes MUST arrive in the US and report to the International Coordinator's Office at the College at least one month before classes begin. Students who have completed registration and payment may arrive approximately two weeks before classes begin.

Montgomery College I-20 application process for degree-seeking AND noncredit ESL program students.

Step 1: Apply to Montgomery College

Submit application to the Office of Admissions and Records first. Other documents can be sent after the application form.

Submit application to the Office of Admissions and Records first. Other documents can be sent after the application form.

Submit a paper Admissions Application (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) and pay a $25 (check or money order) non-refundable application fee*. 

At this time, students requesting an I-20 for F-1 visa/status must complete and personally sign a paper application and cannot use the College on-line application system. The application and fee must be submitted together *directly to the Office of Admissions and Records (in person submissions go to the "Registrar's Office") for the campus you wish to attend (see address information in Step 7 below).  

*Students may send the application to another person to submit it to the College with payment. Please do NOT send the application to the College without payment as we cannot match payment received separately with an application form.

Note: The Montgomery College Health Information Management program CANNOT ACCEPT F-1 students because the program is offered mostly on-line so cannot conform to government F-1 regulations.

DOCUMENTATION FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING STEPS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE "OFFICE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR" ON THE CAMPUS YOU ARE APPLYING TO.

Step 2: I-20 Request

Submit a Supplemental Information for I-20 Request form.

Submit a Supplemental Information for I-20 Request form.

Submit a Supplemental Information for I-20 Request form (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) . This includes specific information needed for the I-20. If you wish the College to speak with a "third party" (someone other than the student, such as a family member, friend, sponsor, or educational agent) about your application, you must complete and sign the section on this form to give us that person's name and contact information.
Step 3: Provide Proof of College Level or High School Graduation

Submit an original or certified copy.

Submit an original or certified copy.

Submit an original or certified copy of ONE of the following (student MAY be asked to submit a Credential Evaluation in addition):

  • High School Diploma or Secondary School Completion Credentials (final completion document or final grades showing completion). Or,
  • US GED Certificate provided by the state and/or county where the test was administered. Or,
  • University Degree or Diploma. Or,
  • University-level transcript of the equivalent of 12 academic credits of university-level coursework completed. For courses taken outside of the United States an Evaluation for Transfer of Credit may be necessary.

All documents must be in English (Translation Services) (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader)  . If translated, submit the original or a certified copy of the native language version together with a certified English translation. (Originals received by the International Coordinators will be available in the student's file to be returned to the student).

The GED is an exam for equivalency for high school completion in the United States. Each State administers the test for its own residents. The GED cannot be completed outside of the US

Maryland GED Test Programs   
Jeff Beeson, GED Administrator 
Maryland State Department of Education 
200 West Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201 
(410) 767-0538

Maryland GED Information: To take the GED Tests in Maryland, applicants must be at least 16 years old, not be a high school graduate, have been a Maryland resident for at least three months at the time of testing, and have been officially withdrawn from a regular high school program for at least three months. Information on waivers for withdrawal and residency requirements can be obtained by contacting the GED office at the Maryland State Department of Education. For applications and additional information about the test, call 410-767-0538. 

To sit for the test there is a $45 scheduling fee made payable to the GED Office, as well as specific eligibility requirements outlined on the application. The fee must accompany the application.

Find application forms and information at GED Info/Testing.

Step 4: Provide Evidence of English Language Proficiency

One of the following is required for all applicants:

One of the following is required for all applicants:

  • Transferable credit from a US college or university for a first-year English composition course equivalent to EN101 at Montgomery College.
  • Score from Montgomery College ESL Accuplacer exam. Click here for more information.
  • Student who already have TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT scores may be exempt from testing
Step 5: Provide Evidence of Financial Support

Persons sponsoring a student must complete four steps.

Persons sponsoring a student must complete four steps.

Persons sponsoring a student must complete four (4) steps; complete two forms and provide two pieces of supporting documentation. Please visit BOTH of these sites:

  • Evidence of Financial Support: Includes Affidavit or promise of support from any sponsor, signed Sponsor Obligations document, and financial documents proving savings for first year of study and ability to continue support during full length of study.
  • Estimated Annual College Costs for International Students: The costs that appear on the I-20 showing the most reasonable estimate the College has for both academic expenses and living expenses for each calendar year of study. Please Note: MC does NOT have dormitories or provide housing.

To translate any document in English into US, read about Translation Services (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) .

Step 6: Transfer Credits from Outside the United States

Submit with Application ONLY if needed to prove College level.

Submit with Application ONLY if needed to prove College level.

Complete the Transfer of Credit process. You should anticipate that it will take up to seven weeks.

For more information, read about Transfer of Foreign Credits.

Step 7: Documents You'll Need to Provide 

Documents that you will need to provide.

Documents that you will need to provide.

Provide the following documents:

  • Legible photocopy of your passport: personal information page, expiration, picture, and United States visa you used to enter the US
  • Print out I-94 record or copy both sides of any paper I-94 card from an entry to the US before 2014 or from a Change of Status Approval form
  • All previously issued I-20 forms (and EAD card if applicable)
Step 8: Complete a Transfer Clearance Form

Submit a completed Transfer Clearance Form.

Submit a completed Transfer Clearance Form.

Submit a completed Transfer Clearance Form. Many schools will require that the student presents a letter showing they have completed all other parts of the application (Steps 1-7) before completing this Transfer Clearance Form  (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) .

You may bring to the College or mail all above materials for review to the campus you wish to attend:

Office of Admissions and Records
Attn: International Student Coordinator
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 20876
Office of Admissions and Records
Attn: International Student Coordinator
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Office of Admissions and Records
Attn: International Student Coordinator
7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Step 9: Attend International Student Orientation

Attend a mandatory international student orientation session. 

Attend a mandatory international student orientation session. 

Attend a mandatory international student orientation session
Step 10: Meet with a Counselor

Meet with an MC counselor to discuss the academic orientation and class selection.

Meet with an MC counselor to discuss the academic orientation and class selection.

Meet with an MC counselor to discuss class selection, registration, and the academic orientation program for international students (IMAP). 
Step 11: Register for Classes

Register for full-time class enrollment. 

Register for full-time class enrollment. 

Register for full-time class enrollment. Students may speak with academic counselors about classes to enroll in, but may only register (select seats in classes) after completing Steps 1-8 of this application process.  

Full-time class enrollment is 12 credit hours (billing hours) per semester or 18-24 contact hours for continuing education ESL program per semester.

Step 12: Receive the I-20

Meet with an International Student Coordinator to receive the I-20

Meet with an International Student Coordinator to receive the I-20

Meet with an International Student Coordinator to receive the I-20.

 

Additional Information for Transfer of a SEVIS I-20

Transferring an I-20 record is different from obtaining your first "Initial Attendance" I-20.

Transferring an I-20 record is different from obtaining your first "Initial Attendance" I-20.

Transferring an I-20 record is different from obtaining your first "Initial Attendance" I-20. Please read the following for some specific information about transferring the I-20 record to MC.

SEVIS (Student/Exchange Visitor Information System) Transfer of the I-20 data record 

If you are studying at another institution in the US and want to study at the Montgomery College you must have your SEVIS record transferred. It is important to follow SEVIS transfer procedures carefully because failure to complete the transfer process in a timely manner is a violation of your status. Loss of status will exclude students from benefits such as authorized employment. To complete a transfer, your current (or former) school must transfer Access to your government computer record of your I-20 to Montgomery College.

Transfer Implications
Travel Between Studies

If you will travel abroad between the times when you are studying at your old school and your new school you should speak with an International Student Coordinator. Montgomery College must be notified at least 30 days before you will need your I-20. In some cases you may need to receive a completely new I-20 instead of transferring your SEVIS record. Students who plan to travel must return to the United States and report to the International Office ONE MONTH before the semester begins (this may be reduced to two weeks if the student has fully registered and paid for the semester already). 

Timelines

Completed degree/program of study: F-1 students must transfer their SEVIS record to the new institution within 60 days of the completion of their degree (I-20 end date, or OPT end date).

Incomplete program: If your I-20 is still valid and you wish to transfer prior to the completion of your program at your current school you should speak with an International Advisor at your current school.  Individual school policies may affect which date you are able to transfer.

Effect on Work

On-campus: On-campus work may only be performed at the school which holds your SEVIS record. Once your SEVIS record is transferred to the transfer in school, your work must end at transfer out school. 

Off-campus: Off-campus work authorizations such as OPT will end on the date your SEVIS record is transferred to the new school. Please talk to an International Coordinator about the date you want or need to transfer your SEVIS record.

Procedures and reminders for transferring into Montgomery College
  • Submit all the required documents to Apply for an I-20 to the Office of the International Coordinator on the campus you plan to have as your 'home' campus. 
  • Obtain a "Letter of Acceptance" from an International Coordinator if your current school will require this.
  • Complete the top section (#I) of the "Transfer In Form" and ask the International Student Advisor at your current ("old") school to complete the bottom Section. The advisor may require to see the acceptance letter to complete this form. The advisor will fax or mail the form directly to us.
  • You will be cleared to register for classes by the International Office. Please work with an academic counselor to select classes or take any necessary placement exams. 
  • Your "old" school will need to then transfer their access to your SEVIS record to Montgomery College on the date you tell them. Be sure you fully discuss the date you can stop studies and transfer your record. The latest this can be done is within 60 days of completing your studies there.
  • After you and your "old" school both complete the previous steps we can issue you a Montgomery College I-20. You will only need this if you plan to travel outside of the United States before beginning classes at Montgomery College.
  • Attend the Montgomery College "International Student Orientation" on your home campus.   
  • Bring your Montgomery College Student Identity card, showing payment for your first semester classes, to the International Coordinator's office.
  • The Office of the International Coordinators will officially complete the transfer process once you have attended Orientation and registered for the required number of courses.
  • Sign page one of the I-20. This is your promise that you will follow all the rules of F-1 Student Status (which will be explained in more detail at International Student Orientation)

Remember: Failure to complete the Transfer process in a timely manner is a violation of your status. Loss of status will exclude students from benefits such as authorized employment.

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