Change of Status Applications
Individuals seeking a change of status in the United States from an eligible non-immigrant status to F-1 should email the OCC International Student Advisor. Applicants will be required to apply to OCC, upload all of the forms and documents listed under Admission Requirements and take the MTELP placement test.
Once all documents have been submitted, reviewed and accepted, an I-20 will be issued. It is recommended that you consult an immigration attorney to file your change of status application with USCIS. There are USCIS timing rules that may affect your application. Please take the following with you when you meet with the attorney:
- I-20, copy of I-94 card, passport, visa and DS-2019 if in J status
- Original financial documents
- A letter explaining what you have been doing while in the U.S., why you are seeking a change of status to F-1, and stating clear educational goals
- USCIS fee of $370.00 (check or money order)
Note: Persons currently in B-2 status applying to change status must wait until USCIS approves F-1 status before attending OCC. See USCIS Special Instructions. Other non-immigrants may begin attendance prior to receiving F-1 status. B-2 persons should not inquire about changing status if they've been in the U.S. for less than 2 months. Immigration will assume you knew you wanted to be a student when you entered the U.S. as a visitor.