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

  1. Original 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]

    USCIS Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School
  2. Effective Date

    April 5, 2017
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    July 20, 2021

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

    This Biden administration policy revokes most of 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." The guidance is silent with respect to changes to M-1 status.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
July 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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