Change of Status Application for USCIS

If you have decided to apply for a change of status within the United States, you will want to collect the items below to submit with your application to USCIS.


  • Photocopy of signed/dated I-20/DS-2019 issued by ISS for the purpose of requesting a change of status.
  • Photocopy of passport identity and expiration pages.
  • Photocopy of current visa page(s) and the entry stamp.
    • If you had changed your status within the U.S., you must include a photocopy of your I-797A.
  • Copy of your I-94 record or photocopy (front and back) of original I-94 card in passport.
  • Photocopies of all dependent documents (passport, visa, I-94), if applicable.
  • Official, sealed transcripts from all schools attended in the U.S., if applicable.
  • Original, signed USCIS Form I-539: Application to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status
  • USCIS Form I-539 filing fee in the amount of $370 USD (personal check, cashier’s check, or money order).
    • Pay to: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Financial support documentation
  • Written Statement from applicant to USCIS.
  • SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt.
  • Biometrics Services Appointment and $85 fee for Biometrics Processing.

Changing to F-2 or J-2?

  • Include all of the above, except the SEVIS I-901 fee payment.
  • Include copies of all F-1 or J-1 documents (I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa, I-94, proof of F-1/J-1 SEVIS I-901 fee payment).
  • Official, sealed transcripts from all schools attended in the U.S. by F-1/J-1.

Clarifying Questions

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What should I include in my written statement to USCIS?

You are responsible for writing a letter to USCIS that articulates your reason for change of status and shows that you have ties to your home country.

Remember to include the following elements:

  • Greeting to the USCIS adjudicating officer (i.e. Dear Adjudicator or To Whom It May Concern)
  • Current Visa Status
  • Desired Visa Status
  • Reason for requesting change of status
  • Thank you
  • Signature and date