This option requires the submission of a Change of Status (COS) application to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the applicant may remain in the U.S. while the application is pending. The applicant must make an appointment to see an International Student Advisor (ISA) in order to assemble an application packet. The applicant needs to review the "Change of Status to F-1 Checklist" link below and bring all the materials indicated in the list.

We advise the applicant to make copies of all documents submitted before mailing the application to USCIS. And we recommend using USPS Certified Mail or Delivery Confirmation to mail the complete application packet to USCIS. These mail options provide a tracking number which is important for tracking when the application arrives at USCIS.

The Change of Status application process is quite lengthy once the application reaches USCIS. In recent months, we have experienced wait times of 8 to 10 months so it is advised to apply early and allow sufficient time before the applicant is due to commence studies. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from the application arrival at USCIS, the applicant can expect to receive a "Notice of Action" document that confirms receipt of the case and provides the case number. The applicant can use the case number to track the progress of the application on the USCIS site.

Once the Change of Status has been APPROVED, the applicant must bring the Approval Notice with attached I-94 to UFIC within 15 days of receipt.

Forms (for Change of Status applications INSIDE the US)

Additional Resources (for Change of Status applications INSIDE the US)