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You may need to change your nonimmigrant status if you are already in the United States on a valid nonimmigrant visa for a purpose other than attending school and are interested in studying at a U.S. school.
There are two options to change your nonimmigrant status to F-1 status:
This process requires that you travel outside of the United States to apply for an F-1 student visa stamp at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Please check the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate website where you will be applying for your visa for important information about the F-1 visa process and processing time.
This is the process to request the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services change your current visa status to F-1 while remaining in the United States. At this time the ISSC strongly discourages applying for a COS from within the U.S.
There are significant problems created by:
Again, at this time, we strongly recommend that you consider the option of travel and re-entry detailed above in order to obtain your new F-1 status.
Your spouse must submit a request for a dependent I-20 prior to you requesting your change of status. Once you have obtained a dependent I-20 for your spouse, you have two options:
Go to U.S. Consulate abroad and apply for an F-2 visa to travel to the United States.
2. Apply for Change of Status (COS) through USCIS
File a Form I-539, “Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status,” with USCIS along with all supporting documents.
Not all nonimmigrant classifications may change status through USCIS. Read the instructions carefully to ensure that your category is eligible and consult with our International Student Advisor.
You will receive a Receipt Notice and a I-797A, form "Notice of Action," from USCIS.
If USCIS denies your application, be prepared to leave the United States when your current status expires.
Submit the copy of the Notice of Action and any additional documents you receive from USCIS to the ISSC as soon as possible
If you are an F-1 student interested in changing to H-1B Status for employment purposes, your prospective employer must sponsor you and file that petition. For further information please visit Study in the States for details.
To change your status from F-1 to a different status, please consult with USCIS and an immigration attorney (if needed).
Once you have been approved for your new immigration status, please submit proof of your new status to the ISSC. Documents to submit include, but are not limited to:
After completing your program at ASU as J-1 student, if you would like to pursue your different level of education at ASU, you should:
Once you receive the I-20, here are your next steps:
Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee .
Apply for a visa to travel to the United States. Canadian students do not need to obtain visa. Just cross the U.S. border and get a new I-94 reflecting your F-1 status.
Return to the United States to begin your studies.
Complete mandatory SEVIS New Student Check-in by the first day of class.
To change your status from F-1 to another status, please consult with the USCIS and an immigration attorney (if needed). If you are subject to a Two-Year Home Residency requirement, please visit J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program.