Students at Illinois State University in a status other than F-1 may be eligible to change to F-1 status.
Change of status can be accomplished in two ways:
When applying for a change of status to F-1 within the United States, individuals must prove:
The application should be filed in timely manner. Applicants for a change of status to F-1:
Additionally, students must pay all required government fees and complete an application process. Change of status applications must be submitted via paper format to USCIS.
Please see the Application Checklist for a description of all the required documentation that should be included in your Change of Status application.
You should NOT travel while your application is pending. If you travel abroad while your change of status is pending, it will be seen as an abandonment of your application and most likely result in a denial of your case by USCIS. Processing times by USCIS can take 3-5 months or longer.