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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]

    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

Commentary

NAFSA: USCIS Policy on Bridge Applications

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