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|Change of Status from B-2 to F-1
Change of Status: B-2 (visitor) to F-1 (student)
*You only have to abide by this Change of Status Outline if you intend
*If your intention is to return to your home country and go through the embassy process prior to the start of your schooling here at MCC, then these guidelines do not apply to you.
A change in status is not a change of visa!
A change of status is not a change of visa. You can only obtain a visa at the American embassy or consulate in your home country. If the USCIS approves your application, you may stay in the U.S. as long as you follow the F-1 rules. The next time you want to leave the country you will need obtain an F-1 visa from the embassy in your country in order to re-enter the United States.
ELIGIBILITY FOR FILING CHANGE OF STATUS
To change from a nonimmigrant visa to F-1 student status you must be accepted to the college for a full-course of study, once you have been accepted you need to make an appointment with the International Students Counselor, Audra Dion by calling 292-2254, and bring the following items to the appointment:
The SEVIS fee must be paid and fully processed before filing the I-539 Change of Status Application and a copy of the payment receipt must be sent in with the application.
The fee can be paid by mail using Form I-901 together with a check or money order drawn on a US bank and payable in US dollars. Or the fee can be paid electronically by completing Form I-901 through the internet and using a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. For more detailed information on this process, go to http://www.ice.gov/graphics/sevis/i901/faq.htm
(2) Fee of $300: check or money order made payable to the Department of Homeland Security; write your admission number (the number on your I-94 and
(3) A letter from you, requesting the change of status and explaining why you did not enter the US on an F-1 visa.
(4) Completed Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. The International Student Counselor can help you with the items that you do not
(5) Your Form I-20 (pages 1-3); be sure to sign on line 11.
(6) Financial documentation- bank statements, affidavit of support (Form I-134) if the money is coming from someone other than you.
(7) Make sure to bring your passport, current non-immigrant Visa, and I-94 card- we will need to make copies of these to send with application.
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