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Change of Status » F-1 to B-2

Who Qualifies/Eligibility

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

  1. Is in valid F-1 status and has made a decision not to maintain student status

The Office of International Education will not file this application on a student's behalf.

Step One

To begin the process of changing status, you will need the following documents:

  1. USCIS form: I-539
  2. Change of Status form
  3. USCIS Fee: A money order or check for $455 payable to USCIS ($370 filing fee, $85 biometrics service fee). There is an additional $85 biometrics fee for each additional person included in the application..
  4. I-94: Copy of both sides of the I-94 for the applicant and any dependent(s) in the U.S
  5. Passport: Copy of identity page, showing the expiration date for the applicant and any dependent(s)
  6. Visa: Copy of visa page for applicant and dependent(s)
  7. Funding: It is necessary to show sufficient funds for your stay in the U.S
  8. Proof of Current Status:
    1. Applicant's current I-20
    2. Letter to USCIS explaining reasons for the change of status request, why the stay would be temporary and what arrangements have been made to depart the U.S

Step Two

It is the student's responsibility to mail the Change of Status application to USCIS Vermont Service Center.

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. Requests for tourist visas are typically approved for 6 months or less.
  2. Dependents in F-2 status do not need to file a separate application, but dependents must be noted on the addendum sheet attached to form Form I-539