Changing your status to F-1

Most non-immigrants in the United States may request a change to F-1 student status. To be eligible for the status change, the person must be:

  • eligible for F-1 status and have a Form I-20 issued by Northern Arizona University
  • maintaining a current non-immigrant status from which a change to F-1 status can be requested in the U.S.

To apply for a change to F-1 status, the following documents must be submitted to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS):

  • a completed Form I-539
  • the Form I-539 fee, payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security by check or money order
  • original I-20 signed by the International Student Adviser and the student
  • proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee
  • original I-94 card
  • photocopies of :
  • passport identifying pages
  • your U.S. visa
  • all immigration documents related to current and previous status in the United States
  • photocopies of financial support documentation used to request the I-20
  • if applicable, dependent family information included on Form I-539
  • letter from the applicant indicating why they want to change status

The international student adviser will review your paperwork and will provide the address to send the application.