The Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has oversight of the Exchange Visitor Program and must be notified whenever there is a change of J-1 program sponsorship. J-1 Exchange Visitors (EV) may transfer from one program sponsor to another if the purpose of the transfer is to complete the academic objective for which he or she was admitted. The transfer process requires coordination between the current institution’s International Office and Stevens International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS).
The first step in the transfer process is to notify the current J-1 sponsor of the Exchange Visitor’s intent to transfer to a new program. The EV must obtain the proper clearance from its current sponsor to effectuate a transfer.