Passport & Consular Services

Can I Change my Status to Another US Visa?

Yes, it is possible to change your status from an M-1 visa to another nonimmigrant visa category while you are in the United States. However, changing your status typically requires meeting the eligibility criteria and following the appropriate application process for the new visa category you wish to change to.

Here are a few key points to consider:

Eligibility: Each nonimmigrant visa category has its own specific eligibility requirements. You must meet the requirements of the visa category you are applying for, such as having an employer sponsor for an employment-based visa or being accepted into an academic program for a student visa.

Application Process: The application process for changing status involves filing the necessary forms, providing supporting documents, and paying the required fees. The specific forms and procedures will depend on the visa category you are changing to. For example, if you are changing to an F-1 student visa, you would typically need to submit a new Form I-20 and follow the process for international students.

Timing and Legal Status: It’s important to ensure that you apply for a change of status before your current status expires. You must also maintain your legal status during the application process. If your current status expires before your new status is approved, you may be considered out of status and could face potential immigration consequences.

Consultation with an Immigration Attorney: Due to the complexities involved in changing visa status, it’s advisable to consult with an immigration attorney or seek guidance from your educational institution’s International Student Office or an immigration clinic. They can provide specific advice based on your circumstances and help you navigate the process.

It’s important to note that changing your status is not guaranteed, and the decision ultimately rests with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It’s recommended to start the application process well in advance, gather the necessary documentation, and follow the guidelines provided by USCIS to increase your chances of a successful change of status.

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