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According to the U.S. immigration regulations, visitors in B1/B2 status may not register for classes at an educational institution before they change their immigration status to F-1 or J-1. Therefore, if you are currently in B-1 or B-2 status and wish to pursue a full-time course of study, you must apply to change your status to F-1.
Once your change to F-1 has been approved, you are eligible to work on campus.
Steps to apply for the change of status from B-1 or B-2 to F-1:
Please bring the following documents with you:
You will need to mail all of the necessary documents to:
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
P.O. Box 87765
Lincoln, NE 68501-7765
Expect to wait approximately 3-5 months for USCIS to process your application.
When you receive an answer from USCIS, please come to the OIE office with the following items:
OIE staff will make copies of your documents to add to your immigration file.
If you travel outside the United States after USCIS approves your change to F-1 status, you will need to apply for an F-1 visa to be stamped in your passport while you are overseas. To do so, you will need to contact our office to learn about the documents you need to take to the American Embassy or Consulate overseas, where you will apply for the F-1 visa.