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To change status from J1 to F1 you will need to submit two change of status applications: one for J1 to B (tourist visa) and one for J1 to F1.
You may apply for admission to MassBay for semesters beginning in September or January. We recommend that you complete your MassBay application six months in advance of the semester in which you intend to enroll. After you have received your letter of acceptance to MassBay, you will apply to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). to change your visa status to F1.
Change of Status (COS) applications typically take several months to process and may or may not be approved. Please see below, Change of Status Application to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, for full details and instructions.
For information regarding changing your visa status from J1 to F1, please visit the United States Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS). Application is made to the USCIS, not to MassBay Communty College. To change your status from J1 to F1 you will need to submit two change of status applications to the USCIS: one for J1 to B (tourist visa) and one for J1 to F1.
The following documents are required for a COS application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
United States Citizenship and Immigration ServicesVermont Services Center75 Lower Welden StreetSt. Albans, VT 05479
After you mail your Change of Status application
If you currently have a J1 visa, you may legally register for classes while your Change of Status application is pending. However, if your COS application is denied during the academic semester, you will have to leave the country immediately and you will not be eligible for a refund of any payments made to MassBay. We therefore recommend that you do not register for classes until your F1 status is approved.
Please be aware that if you apply for a Change of Status that is ultimately denied, your “unlawful presence” in the United States will begin when your current visa expires, not from the date of denial. This could affect your ability to return to the United States in the future.
Note: This procedure only changes your status within the United States. If you travel outside of the US after your change of status has been approved, you will then need to apply for an F-1 visa stamp in your passport by scheduling an appointment at the US Consulate or Embassy.