Graduating from Albion

Reminders to F-1 students, as you graduate from Albion.

  • Your I-20 program end date will be shortened to Albion’s graduation date.
  • F-1 students have a 60 day grace period after the graduation date.
  • During the grace period, F-1 students may apply for OPT, request an I-20 for a new program, change status, or leave the US.
  • F-1 students are not authorized to work after the program end date on the I-20, during the grace period.  This includes on-campus, or with CPT.

Steps to SEVIS transfer your F-1 record: 

  • Gain admission to a SEVIS-authorized school.
  • Check with the new school’s international officer (DSO), and learn what is required to obtain a transfer-in I-20.  In some cases, they require a form to be signed by your current school’s DSO- at Albion, this is the CIE Director, Cristen Casey.
  • Submit the Request to Transfer Form and admission letter to the new school to cie@albion.edu.  Indicate the date that you would like your SEVIS record to be transferred.
  • On the transfer release date, your Albion record deactivates and all Albion College work authorizations end.  The new school now has access to your immigration records.  Note:  If your Albion College I-20 program end date expires before the transfer release date, your Albion College work authorizations end on that program end date.
  • Complete the new institution’s requirements to obtain a new I-20.

If you are traveling internationally between the end of your last semester at Albion College and the first semester at your new school, you cannot re-enter the U.S. on your Albion College I-20.  You must obtain a Transfer-Pending I-20 from the new school and re-enter using that document.