Within the U.S.
To apply for a change of status while in the U.S., be prepared to present the following documents.
I-901 SEVIS Fee ($200-effective from 10/27/2008)
Completed form I-539
$290 I-539 Application fee for Change of Status to F-1($200 I-539 Application fee for Change of Status to F-2 dependent)
Check made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Explanation why electing to change status
Copy of I-94 card (Front & Back)
Copy of spouse’s I-94 if dependent on his/her visa status
Copies of valid/current passport and visa pages
Copies of passport & visa pages for spouse if dependent on spouse’s visa status
Graduation Certificate & Official Transcript
Affidavit of support, bank statement, assistantship agreement
or other proof of sufficient funding.
All other immigration documents that were issued to the student
All previously issued I-20’s (if any)
Copies of spouse’s F-2 dependent I-20 or other if dependent on spouse’s visa
Outside the U.S.
Application is made for a new visa for the new status at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.