Can I Change My Status to F-1?
If you are in the US with a different non-immigrant status, you may have to change to F-1 for study. Please check the rules of your current status to see if study is permitted or consult with an immigration attorney. This guide is a good resource to help you check.
If you do need F-1 status, you can choose one of the following two options:
This is the fastest option and is the traditional way most students enter the U.S. to study with F-1 status. You will apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. consulate (which are only located outside the U.S.), and enter the U.S. using that F-1 visa.
Non-Travel (This is called “Change of Status”)
This option should only be considered if you aren't in a hurry to change to F-1 status. With this option, you will file form I-539 with USCIS and wait for them to approve your F-1 status. Approvals can take a very long time and you should check current processing times here. With this method, you will not receive the visa stamp in your passport.
How do I start the process?
- Email our CIE advisors at email@example.com
- After you've spoken to an advisor, we will give you access to https://cie.uwb.edu
- There, you will make a the request, uploading the necessary information and documents
What documents do I need?
- A clear image of your passport biographical page (the entire page).
- A clear image of the visa you used to enter the US (the entire page).
- Your current I-94 record. If you have an I-797A from a previous change of status, you can use that instead.
- Financial documents required for all F-1 applicants. More information can be found here.
- Clear images of the passport biographical pages for any dependents you might have.
Still have questions?
Contact the Center for International Education at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation and get your questions answered!