Change Of Status Information
Office of International Programs
The following information is provided to assist UT Tyler students to decide how to address status issues. It is not meant as legal advice. Students are strongly encouraged to consider obtaining the services of an immigration attorney who has experience assisting students changing visa status categories.
General - Two Ways to Change
F-1 student status is appropriate for individuals who intend to pursue full-time studies in the United States. There are two ways to obtain F-1 status:
- Leave the U.S., apply for a student visa at a U.S. consulate and return as an F-1 visa holder.
Change your current visa status to the F-1 category by applying to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) while remaining in the U.S.