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USCIS issues guidance on changing from B-1 or B-2 status

  1. Date Announced

    April 5, 2017

    Updated USCIS guidance provides that applicants seeking to change status from B-1 or B-2 to F-1 or M-1 must request an extension of B-1 or B-2 status if the status expires more than 30 days before the F-1 or M-1 start date or if the F-1 or M-1 start date was deferred because USCIS did not make a decision on the change of status in time. [ID #680]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 5, 2017
  3. Subsequent Action

    February 6, 2018

    On February 6, 2018 USCIS expanded this policy to changes of status from any nonimmigrant category to F-1 or M-1.

    USCIS Changing to a Nonimmigrant F or M Student Status
  4. Biden Administration Action

    July 20, 2021

    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On July 20, 2021, USCIS announced new policy guidance that "eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student to apply to change or extend their nonimmigrant status while their initial F-1 COS application is pending."

    2021.07.25 Change of Status to Nonimmigrant Student (F-1) Visa Classification


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