ATTAINING F-1 STATUS:
How to Apply for a Change of Status
If you are currently in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, you may be eligible to apply for a change of status
to become an F-1 student. For the most current, accurate, and detailed information on how to apply for a
change of status, visit here.
STEP 1: DETERMINE IF A CHANGE OF STATUS IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Questions to consider before applying for a change of status:
1. Which nonimmigrant visa are you on?
Those in K, S, and M-1 status are not eligible to change status to F-1. J-1 nonimmigrants subject
to the 2-year residence requirement are also ineligible.
2. Are you currently in lawful nonimmigrant status?
You must be lawfully maintaining your current visa status to apply for a change of status.
3. If you are in dependent status, is the principal visa holder maintaining status?
If you are in status as a dependent, the principal visa holder must also be maintaining status. For
instance, if you are in H-4 status, the H-1B visa holder must be currently employed and
maintaining H-1B status.
4. What is the expiration date on your I-94?
Ideally, you should apply for a change of status sufficiently in advance of the expiration date on your
5. What is your date of birth?
Child dependents can only remain in dependent status until age 21. If you will turn 21 before your
change of status is approved, it is highly advisable to travel outside the U.S. to obtain F-1 status.
For details on how to apply for an F-1 visa while outside the U.S., see How to Apply for an F-1
6. Are you planning to travel outside the U.S.?
If you are already planning to travel outside the U.S., you may consider applying for an F-1 visa at
a U.S. consulate outside the U.S., and then reentering in F-1 status. For more details, see How to
Apply for an F-1 Visa.
STEP 2: APPLY TO ACC TO OBTAIN A FORM I-20
To obtain a Form I-20, you will first need to apply to ACC as an international student.
A complete application packet will include:
International Student Application
$75 Application Fee
Proof of English Language Proficiency
International Student Financial Statement
Proof of Financial Resources
Proof of High School (Secondary) Graduation
Photocopy of Passport Identification Page
Emergency Contact Information
After ACC receives a complete and acceptable application packet, you will be admitted to ACC as an
international student and issued a Form I-20.