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. 

Contact Information

Student services for all F-1 students are offered at:

Royal Oak Campus - Building B, Room 102
Phone 248.246.2563

Our student services staff can assist you with admission and other general inquiries.

We will try to meet your needs as much as possible through e-mail and telephone. E-mail your questions and if an answer cannot be provided by email or telephone, we'll make an appointment.

In addition to assisting you with F-1 immigration regulation issues, we are able to direct you to resources inside the college and in the community to make your stay in the U.S. more enjoyable and to meet your educational goals.