From the perspective of U.S. immigration, students transfering to UVA who are not currently maintaining F-1 status in the U.S. are treated as new applicants for F-1 status.
Students already in the U.S. in F-1 status, whether in secondary or post-secondary education, must work with their current school's Designated School Official (DSO) to have their SEVIS record released to UVa. Students transferring their status to UVa must provide documentation of continued eligibility for F-1 status including documentation of adequate funding. The I-20 from UVa cannot be issued until the SEVIS record is released, and the release date has been reached. Please work with the international office at your current school for SEVIS release policies.
F-1 students transfering out of UVA must complete the SEVIS Transfer Release Form and bring it to the ISO during office hours. Transfer out requests cannot be made after the 60 day grace period following completion of studies has been exceeded.