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International Student & Scholar Services

Questions?

  • Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
    202-885-3350
    Fax: 202-885-3354
    Butler Pavilion, Room 410

    Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ISSS advisors are available at the front desk for walk-in appointments.

    Bakar, Senem S
    Director, International Student & Scholar Services

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Change of Visa Status

Changing to F-1 Visa Status

This information is for those individuals who are NOT in F-1 status and are planning to change their status to F-1 inside the United States. Please be aware that this application is to change your status: IT WILL NOT GRANT YOU AN F-1 VISA STAMP IN YOUR PASSPORT. The next time you travel outside the United States, you will be required to go to a U. S. consulate or embassy abroad to apply for an F-1 visa.

Please note that changing status within the US generally takes 3-6 months. Please allow ample time to complete this process.

Please see the Quick Links to the right for more information about changing your specific status type to F-1 student status. If you are interested in changing to J status or if you do not see your status type listed, don't hesitate to contact us at isssimmigration@american.edu or 202-885-3350.

For a step by step guide about filing your change of status applicatIon on ELIS (Electronic Immigration System), please check the ELIS instructions page here.


*PLEASE NOTE: A change of status from B1/B2 to F-1 is generally not advisable within the U.S. If you are changing from a B1/B2 to F-1, it is advisable to travel outside of the U.S. and apply for a F-1 visa. Otherwise, please contact an immigration lawyer that can best help you with the situation.