Are you looking to change your visa status in the USA? Whether you’re currently on a B1/B2, F2, M1, L1, or J1 visa, the International American University (IAU) has an essential update for you. We’ve streamlined the change of status process to make it as straightforward as possible. Follow these steps carefully to ensure a smooth transition:


Step 1: Submitting Documents

The first step in changing your visa status is to fill out the Change of Status form. Access the form using this link: Change of Status Form. Please make sure to upload all the required documents through the form.

Step 2: Application Fee and I-20 Processing Fee

To proceed with your application, you’ll need to make two payments: the application fee and the I-20 processing fee. Once your payment is successful, we will issue a conditional offer letter. Sign and date this letter and send it to

Step 3: Issuance of Change of Status I-20

Upon receiving your signed conditional offer letter, we will process and issue your Change of Status I-20 within 7 working days. This document is crucial for your change of status application, so keep it safe.

Step 4: Contact with Attorney to Appeal USCIS for Change of Status

For the change of status process, the USCIS offers two processing systems: Regular Processing and Premium Processing. Here’s what you need to know:


Regular Processing:

USCIS Fee: $370
FedEx Fee

Premium Processing:

USCIS Fee: $370
USCIS Premium Processing Fee: $1750
FedEx Fee



Change of Status Processing Time:

If you choose premium processing and are applying for a change of status to F-1 or F-2 status using Form I-539, the processing time is thirty calendar days once all prerequisites, including USCIS’s receipt of biometrics, have been met.

One important note: Applicants can appeal to USCIS after 90 days if needed.

Changing your visa status in the USA is a significant step, and at IAU, we’re committed to making this process as smooth as possible for you. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your journey to a new visa status begins here!



Disclaimer: Visa and immigration policies are subject to change. It’s essential to stay updated with the latest information from USCIS and consult with a qualified immigration attorney for personalized guidance.

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