Termination of SEVIS record

We will need to terminate your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record within 10 business days unless you submit a request to transfer out to another SEVIS-certified institution or are appealing your dismissal.

Transfer to another institution in the U.S.

If you choose to transfer to another school and if we receive your transfer request within 10 business days, we will transfer your SEVIS record to your new school rather than terminating your SEVIS record. We will determine your eligibility to transfer once you submit the appropriate forms to request a transfer out. These include the Office of Global Services Transfer Out Request Form, a “Transfer In” form from your new school if applicable, and a copy of the acceptance letter from your new school.

Appealing the academic dismissal

You may or may not be eligible to appeal your academic dismissal. If you decide to appeal, you should discuss whether or not you are eligible to do this with your college/graduate school. Please inform OGS if you have an appeal pending; this will be confirmed with your college/graduate school.

If there is a chance that your appeal will be approved and if you will be eligible to enroll for the current term as a result of the approval, we will not terminate your SEVIS record while the appeal decision is pending. However, if you will not be able to register and enroll in the current academic term even if the appeal is approved, your choices will be limited to the two options explained above.

Additionally, if you will only be allowed to resume your academic program during a future term (not the current term) following a successful appeal, you will need a new initial I-20 to return to the U.S.


If you choose termination and departing the U.S., you will need a new initial I-20 to return to the U.S.

If you choose to transfer to another institution and then transfer back to Northeastern University for the future term, you will need a new “Transfer In” I-20, please see the Request for I-20 to Return from Academic Dismissal.