of Status to F-1
- With certain exceptions, most non-immigrants are eligible to
request a change of status to F-1. Please meet with an OIS advisor to
discuss the best option for changing your status. Please note:
visitors who are subject to the two-year home residence requirement
(Section 212[e]) are not eligible for a change of status unless a
waiver (form I-612) is granted by USCIS.
may not begin studying until the change of status to F-1 status has
dependents may not begin working until the change of status is
may not begin to study until a change of status to F-1 has been
workers must remain employed and maintain status until the requested
begin date of the F-1. (An H-1B maintains status by remaining
employed as disclosed on your employer's I-129.)
Options to Change your Status
of status while remaining in the U.S.
- This option takes approximately four to six months to process. You
must maintain your current status until your change of status is
OIS to schedule an appointment with an advisor to begin the change of
status process. Please see our Change of Status Form for an overview
of the process (need to activate link on forms page and include link
of Status Form).
you will not have the privileges of F-1 student status (working on
campus, applying for practical training, etc.) until the change is
approved. When USCIS has made a decision, they will send you a Form
I-797 Notice of Action. You must check-in with the Office of
International Services once you receive your approval from USCIS.
Change of Status Via Travel
- This is a faster option and requires you to apply for an F-1 visa
at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy and then entering
the U.S. in F-1 status. Click
a list of Consulates and Embassies. You should review the website of
the embassy or consulate you are applying to in order to see what
additional documents are necessary, and how far in advance to plan
for consular processing.
must request an initial I-20 for travel from the Office of
International Services and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to
applying for the visa. Please visit www.govst.edu/ois or
speak to an OIS advisor during open advising hours for more
information on how to apply for an F-1 visa.