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USCIS Status Change

A change of visa status to F1 is possible from several visa categories (for example F2, H1, H4). It may be possible to change nonimmigrant status in the U.S. As each situation is different, you must consult with ISSS for details.

The USCIS reviews applications for change of status based on the applicant's ability to document and justify a change of intent upon arrival to the U.S. Applications for change of status shortly after arrival arouse suspicion that the individual purposely misrepresented his/her intentions to obtain a U.S. visa and enter the country.

Note: USCIS is in the process of changing some of the rules on what conditions under which these changes are allowed. Please consult with ISSS staff for latest rules and regulations on this.


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International Student & Scholar Services

Science Library G-40
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 U.S.A.

Office Hours:

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Advisement 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday


Phone 518-591-8189
Fax: 518-591-8171


International Insurance Office

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Monday through Friday


Phone: (518) 591-8185
Fax: (518) 591-8171