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A change of status is an authorization from USCIS to be in the United States for a new reason to engage in a new activity for new period of time. This authorization comes in the form of a new I-94.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS IS NOT A VISA. Even if you do a change of status application with USCIS and it is approved, you still need to get the appropriate VISA for your status!
OIE strongly advises students wanting to change their status to obtain the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) and to travel back to their home country to apply and obtain their F-1 - getting the appropriate visa is always preferable to doing a change of status application in the United States!
Change of Status Process
MPORTANT NOTE: You will not be given an Form I-20 until after Step Three in this process.
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