Change University after F1 visa stamping

Situation 1: Can I transfer to another US University before first semester? Transfer in first week? Issues ?
Situation 2: My brother is admitted into a university A for Fall 2012 and got her visa stamped.He is in US now. For some reason, we need to change the university right now even before he can start his first semester.
If in case he needs to visit India sometime before she gets graduates and come back, does he need to get his visa stamped again with the new university ?
What is the chance of his visa getting approved for University B ? Will it have any other complications ?
Definitely appreciate any suggestions or comments on this thread and thanks for taking time in helping out.
Simple Answer: Yes, you can transfer or change to a different university after you get visa stamping.
Steps or Options:
  • Apply for Transfer after Entering USA
  • Transfer after studying one or more semesters
Follow this procedure on how you can change university without going for visa interview for again. Following instructions is given in ICE site F1 University Transfer website.
University Transfer After F1 Visa
The student must report to your school by the program start date listed on his or her Form I-20. Reporting does not have to be in person, it may be via e-mail, telephone, and/or fax.
As with any other F-1 transfer, the student must provide written verification of his or her acceptance at another SEVP-certified school.
If the student has been accepted by another SEVP-certified school with a program start date that is within 30 days of the student’s initial admission into the United States, you must transfer the student’s SEVIS record. Follow the directions below for transferring an Initial record.
If the student does not have a program start date at the transfer-in school that is within 30 days of his or her initial admission into the United States, the student may do one of the following:
Enroll for a full course of study at your school. Once the student’s record is Active, he or she may request a transfer following the procedures above.
Withdraw his or her acceptance to your school, leave the United States, and obtain a new Form I-20 from the school they wish to attend. After exiting the U.S., they will have to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. The student must exit the United States within 15 days. Since the student entered the United States, and reported to your school, you must make the record Active and then terminate it for Authorized Early Withdrawal. Use this option only if you know the student plans to leave the United States.
If the student does not choose one of the options above and fails to enroll for classes, terminate the student’s SEVIS record for Failure to Enroll. The student may then ask to have his or her Terminated record transferred.
– How do I transfer an Initial SEVIS record?
SEVIS functionality requires that you make the student’s record Active in SEVIS in order to release the record to the transfer-in school.
For the current session end date, use today’s date. For the next session start date, use tomorrow’s date. Select the Transfer Out function and use tomorrow’s date as the Transfer Release Date. Write “Transfer of initial student not enrolled at this school” in the remarks.
You can make a student’s SEVIS record Active solely for the purpose of initiating a transfer. ICE does not (and will not) view this as registering the student. In these circumstances, the SEVIS record clearly indicates the student properly reported to your school and the school properly initiated an immediate transfer of the student’s SEVIS record. It does not indicate that the student enrolled in classes.
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So you got your F1 visa approved for a university but then decided to join a different one? It’s completely possible if you follow the right steps. You will need to:

  1. Get the new i20 form issued from the university you wish to attend to.
  2. Apply for an F1-Visa again by following the standard procedure like paying for the visa, booking an appointment etc.
  3. Explain the officer why you had a change of heart and get the visa approved again.