Can I file change of status to F-1 on my first entry with B-1 visa? Or, is it better to leave and apply for F-1 after my second entry on B-1?


This isn’t a simple question. The change of status from B-1 to F-1 is disfavored. That is why people cannot attend school while that request is pending – unlike other COS to F-1 requests. Further, one cannot enter the U.S. on B-1 with the intention of changing status to F-1 in order to avoid having to apply for an F-1 visa “stamp.” Not sure what the point of the second trip would be, other than to try to create the impression of not violating the B-1. (24.Aug.2015)

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