A change of non-immigrant status from F-1 student to B-2 tourist, may be requested when the applicant is in valid status and has made the decision not to maintain student status. Individuals who have completed their studies or practical training and wish additional time to visit the U.S. before returning home, may choose to be in B-2 status.
The documents which need to be submitted to INS to apply for a change to B-2 status are:
Form I-539, application for change of non-immigrant status.
Letter to USCIS explaining reasons for request, why the stay would be temporary and what arrangements have been made to depart the U.S.
A copy of both sides of Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure card in passport). If dependents are in the U.S, please attach copies of their I-94 cards. 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 I-539.
Check or money order for $200.00.
Evidence of financial support. It is necessary to show that the applicant has sufficient funds to support his/her stay in the U.S. Requests for tourist visas are usually approved for 6 months or less.
Passport identity pages showing date of expiration, including those of dependents.
Copies of visa of applicant and dependents.
Additional documentation as recommended by the International Student Advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Change of Status
6. How do I apply for Change of Status?
If you are in the following nonimmigrant categories, you should carefully read and complete Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and submit any supporting documents:
F-Academic students and their dependants
Form I-539 - Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status
Purpose This form is used by some nonimmigrants to request extensions of stay or changes from one nonimmigrant category to another nonimmigrant category.
Where to File In most instances, you should mail this form to the Service Center having jurisdiction over where you live in the United States.
* If you are filing for reinstatement as an F-1 or M-1 student, submit this application at the USCIS District or Sub-Office having jurisdiction over the place where you live.
Filing Fee $300
Change to or extend V visa status in the US
Status and Visa are Two Separate Issues.