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Change of Status - Frequently Asked Questions


What is Change of Status?

Providing permission to foreign nationals holding a nonimmigrant visa in the U.S. to change status to another nonimmigrant category while in the U.S. is called Change of Status.


Who is eligible for Change of Status?

You may be eligible to change your status to another nonimmigrant status if:

  • You have lawfully entered into the U.S. with a nonimmigrant visa
  • Your nonimmigrant visa status remains valid
  • You have not committed any crime that would make you ineligible

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Who may apply for Change of Status?

Certain nonimmigrants who are maintaining status and wish to change to another status including:

  • Diplomatic and other government officials, and their dependants and employees on an A visa
  • Temporary visitors for business or pleasure on B visa category
  • Academic students on F-1 visa and their dependants on F-2 visa
  • Representatives to international organizations and their dependants and employees on G visa
  • Representatives of foreign media on I visa and their dependants
  • Exchange visitors on J-1 visa and their dependants on J-2 visa that are not sublected to the 2 year home residency requirmen in ยง 212(e)
  • Vocational students on M-1 visa and their dependants on M-2 visa
  • Parents and children of the people who have been granted special immigrant status because their parents were employed by an international organization in the United States
  • Temporary workers on H, L, O, P, Q or R visa and their dependants
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