B-2 or F-2 applicants applying for a change of status MUST wait until United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office (USCIS) approves and awards F-1 status prior to enrolling in courses.
Other non-immigrants visas may begin attendance prior to receiving F-1 status.
Travelling outside the U.S. while the application is pending cancels the application for change of status
Gather all documents listed below. Make copies of all documents for your own record before sending it to the USCIS. (United States Citizenship and immigration Services).
Once completed, mail your petition and all documents to the USCIS Service Center at:
USCIS California Service Center
P.O. Box 10129
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607
Be aware that it may take USCIS up to four months for the processing of your application.
If USCIS approves your application, you will receive another Form I-797 approval notice, which includes a new I-94 form. Remember to bring this form to the International Student Affairs office so we can have a copy of your new I-94 for our file.
To apply for a change to F-1 status in the United States, you must submit the following documents: