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Change of Status » F-1 to F-2

Who Qualifies/Eligibility

A change of non-immigrant status from F-1 to F-2 may be requested when the applicant:

  1. No longer has the ability or wishes to maintain F-1 status
  2. Has a spouse in valid F-1 status

Consultation with an International Education Advisor during advising hours is recommended to verify eligibility.

Step One

To begin the process of changing status, turn in the following documents to the Office of International Education:

  1. USCIS form: I-539
  2. Request for a New I-20
  3. USCIS Fee: $370 payable to USCIS.
  4. I-94: Copy of both sides of the I-94 for the applicant and the applicant's F-1 spouse
  5. Passport: Copy of identity page, showing the expiration date for the applicant and the applicant's F-1 spouse
  6. Visa: Copy of visa page for applicant and the applicant's F-1 spouse
  7. Funding: It is necessary to show sufficient funds for one year of F-1 expenses, plus additional dependent expenses
  8. Proof of Current Status:
    1. Applicant's current I-20
    2. Copy of marriage certificate. If this is not in English, please provide an English translation

Step Two

Normal processing time may take up to 7-10 business days. When the I-20 is ready, an International Education Advisor will contact you to set an appointment. At the appointment, you will:

  1. Sign your new SEVIS I-20.
  2. Provide any additional documentation requested by the International Education Advisor.
  3. Ask any questions you may have about the Change of Status process.

Step Three

After the appointment, the International Education Advisor will mail the Change of Status application to USCIS for adjudication. Processing time at USCIS can be lengthy and unpredictable. Students will be notified when their documents have been returned.


  1. Dependants in F-2 status are not eligible to accept employment at any time