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Change of Status - Frequently Asked Questions


When should I apply for Change of Status?

It is recommended that you apply as soon as you determine that you need to change to a different nonimmigrant category.

Note: You must apply to change your nonimmigrant category before your current nonimmigrant status expires. Also, do not start new employment before getting approval for your change of status application.

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What happens if I apply for Change of Status after my authorized stay has expired?

If you are late in filing for a change of nonimmigrant status and your current status has already expired, you must prove that:

  • The delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control
  • The length of the delay was reasonable
  • You have not done anything else to violate your nonimmigrant status (such as work without United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approval)
  • You are still a nonimmigrant. (This means that you are not trying to become a permanent resident of the U.S. There are some exceptions.)
  • You are not in formal proceedings to remove or deport you from the country

How can I check the status of my Change of Status application?

You may check visa status by using VisaPro's free visa status service.

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