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to the fluid nature of governmental interpretation, immigration laws, regulations, and eligibility requirements for benefits may change at any
time. It is your responsibility to seek professional legal advice if you have case specific concerns.
Checklist for Change of Status Option
1. Gather all documentation for the COS application
Below are suggestions. USCIS will determine if you are eligible for a change of status based on the review of your
application materials. ISSS advisor cannot review or complete Form I-539 on your behalf. This is your personal
application. USCIS processing time is unpredictable, often takes 4 to 6 months to be adjudicated. Contact our office,
request to meet with an advisor if you have specific questions.
A. Complete and signed Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Make sure you are
using the most current version of the form (02/04/19 edition); also review the Form I-539 instructions.
• If applying with dependents, include Form I-539A Supplemental Information, signed by each
dependent. Each dependent must pay the biometrics services fee.
B. Form I-539 application fee plus biometric services fee. Check here for current fees. Pay the fees with a
separate money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. Make check payable to U.S. Department of
• You may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.
C. Optional: Form G-1145 E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance.
D. A cover letter or letter of explanation with your reason(s) for a change of status.
E. Photocopy of SJSU Form I-20 (all three pages) issued for ‘Change of Status Requested’, signed and dated.
F. SEVIS I-901 Fee receipt (Pay $350 and print out online receipt)
G. Photocopy of your passport, current visa page, and your most recent Form I-94 (paper or electronic record).
H. Proof of financial support: Use same financial documents submitted to ISSS. Note: USCIS may want
additional proof of finances. ISSS recommends you provide at least 3-4 consecutive monthly bank
statements with similar amounts to the required funding.
I. If currently in dependent status (e.g. F-2, H-4, L-2) also submit the following:
• Photocopy of the primary visa holder’s (F-1, H-1B, L-1) immigration documents: passport, current
visa page, most recent I-94 record and/or USCIS Form I-797A Notice of Action.
• If primary visa holder is working (e.g. H-1B or OPT/STEM OPT) also submit his/her employment
verification Letter, W2, or 3-4 months of paystubs.
J. Photocopy of your admission letter. If currently enrolled at SJSU, include a copy of your class schedule and/
or official academic transcript.
K. File your application by mail to the appropriate USCIS service center, see filing address. We recommend you
make a copy of tyour entire application for your records.
2. After you have submitted your application
• Keep the paper filing receipt (Form I-797C Notice of Action) that will be mailed to you. Check the application
status using USCIS’ Case Status Online. Enter the receipt or case number.
• Attend your biometric service appointment. According to USCIS you will receive a notice to schedule an
appointment at an Application Support Center (ASC) close to your address.
3. Report a change of status approval, delay, or denial to ISSS
A. Provide a copy of the COS approval notice (Form I-797A Notice of Action) to ISSS. You will receive a new
I-94 card indicating a change of status to F-1 ‘D/S’ but this does not give you a new F-1 visa in your passport.
If you depart the U.S. you will need to apply for a F-1 visa to return in F-1 student status.
o New F-1 students: attend ISSS mandatory check-in/orientation. If you have already completed ISSS
check-in, submit a copy of your approval notice to ISSS.
B. If your COS application is delayed (pending) or denied, inform ISSS immediately.