Change of Status Applications
Students in the United States who want to change their current non-immigrant visa status to F-1 should email the OCC International Students Office. The student will need to apply to OCC, complete all steps listed under Admission Requirements and take the OCC ESL Placement Test.
You can apply to change your visa type if it is still valid and you have not violated your status since arriving in the United States. You must maintain your current visa status until you receive a form I797 notice of action from USCIS that shows your new student visa status (F1) is approved.
You should apply right away if you decide to study in the United States (please read the note for details). If you are denied student visa status you will either keep your original visa status until it expires or be ready to depart the U.S. The OCC International Students Office strongly advises you to contact an immigration attorney for help with your change of status application.