Changing F-1 Status
Please review the USCIS policy on Filing Bridge Applications during a change of status to F-1.
In order to be eligible for a Change of status, COS, you must qualify for a Form Iâ20, be
maintaining your current status lawfully and have had a change of plans to Fâ1 status after your
arrival in the United Status. Following your acceptance to CCM and issuance of Form Iâ20 to,
the following must be submitted to the USCIS Service Center:
â˘ A completed Application to extend/change nonimmigrant status FORMâI539 DownloadÂ PDF
â˘ The $370.00 FORM Iâ539 fee
â˘ CCM Form Iâ20
â˘ Proof of payment of the $200 SEVIS Iâ901 fee
â˘ Form Iâ94 photocopy
â˘ Copies of passport ID page, immigration status documents, and visa stamp
â˘ Original CCM Agreement of International Support
Mail your application to USCIS Service Center:
(U.S. Postal Service)
PO Box 660921
Dallas, TX 75266
As soon as the USCIS begins processing your application, they will send you a Notice of Action
NOTE:Â This is the receipt which informs you that your application has been received and is being
processed. The Notice of Action will have an âApplication Receipt Numberâ. With the receipt
number you will be able to check on the status of your case. Simply go to USCIS website to view your case status.
An application to apply for a COS is submitted to the USCIS. It is the USCIS, not CCM who will make the decision on the change of status application. In other words, a person may qualify for issuance of Form Iâ20 and Fâ1 status, however, the COS application may not be approved. The USCIS adjudication officers who is reviewing the COS application may base their decision on the applicantâs ability to justify and demonstrate (through documentation) that their change of intent occurred after they arrived in the United States. Applicantâs who have a Bâ2 visa bearing the notation âProspective Student,â may be able to obtain Fâ1 status through a COS the most easily.
Restrictions on Changing to Fâ1 Status
Certain nonimmigrantâs are not permitted to change status to Fâ1 while in the United States
They may be eligible for Fâ1 status, but are required to apply for the Fâ1 visa abroad.
The following visa classifications are not permitted to change to Fâ1 status while in the United
â˘ C, D, K
â˘ J nonimmigrantâs subject to the 2 year foreign residency requirement
â˘ WT and WB visitors admitted under Visa Waiver Programs
Applicants pending adjudication of COS to Fâ1 status are required to start attending school
except in the case of a nonimmigrant changing to Fâ1 from a Bâ1, Bâ2, or Fâ2 visa. These three
nonimmigrant statuses must have the change of status petition approved prior to enrolling.
Change of Status (COS) Denials
In some cases, your request for a COS may be denied. If so, this may require that you depart
the United States on very short notice.