For Tourists who want to study in the USA
(B-1/B-2 Visitors to F-1 Students)
Can I enroll in school while in B-1/B-2 status?
USCIS does not allow to study at USA schools while on tourist visa. The regulations, at 8 CFR 214.2(b)(7), specifically prohibit study in the United States while in B-1 or B-2 status.
Before enrolling in classes, people with USA tourist visa must switch to F-1 student status or M-1 vocational student status.
Enrolling in classes while in B-1/B-2 status will result in violating US immigration regulations.
Tourists who have violated their nonimmigrant status by enrolling in classes, are not eligible to extend their B status or change to F-1 or M-1 status. There are no exceptions.
How can I change my tourist visa to student status while in the USA?
If you currently hold B-1 or B-2 nonimmigrant status and would like to study in the USA, you may apply to change your visa to student status if:
Very important information:
What if I am not eligible to change status in the USA?
If you are not eligible to change your nonimmigrant status to F-1 or M-1, you may apply for an F-1 or M-1 visa at a consular post abroad.
We encourage all students and prospective students to talk to an immigration attorney about your plans to make sure this is the best option for you. You should also work closely with your designated school official (DSO) to coordinate the timing of applying for change of status and enrolling in classes.
If you have questions feel free to sign up for a consultation with our immigration attorney.
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