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Change of Status

This is for people who are currently in the U.S. on a B1/B2 visitor visa, J-1, or another type of non-immigrant visa and would like to change their status to F-1 student status while they are in the U.S.

Two Ways of Gaining a New F-1 Status

Please be informed our COURSE INFORMATION and PROGRAM START DATES and complete the necessary forms following the instructions below.

1. Complete the Online application form 

2. Upon completion of the online application form, a link for payment will be emailed in 2-3 business days. The full payment of $2,325 ($2,100 tuition, $175 application fee, $25 registration fee, and $25 placement test fee) must be made to obtain an I-20 from us. *see tuition information here

3. Original Financial Documents - Bank statement in English with a minimum balance of $22,500 in the account (can be emailed in PDF). (an additional $8,000 must be added to this amount for a spouse or $8,000 for a child for dependent status)

 ** If someone else is your financial sponsor (can be emailed in PDF)

  • Sponsor’s Bank Statement or Bank Letter in English with a minimum balance of $22,500
  • Affidavit of Support Form
  • Proof of income (Pay stub, W2, Job letter, Income Tax Return, etc..)

4. Letter from your lawyer claiming responsibility for your change of status case (can be emailed in PDF) 

5. Copy of current visa (can be emailed in PDF)

6. Copy of the I-94 arrival stamp (can be emailed in PDF)

7. Any other immigration documents the individual may have received from the government regarding your status (if applicable) (can be emailed in PDF)

 Note: you will receive a change of status requested I-20 in 1 week once all documents listed above are received.

*** Please contact the IELI international student office at if you have any questions.

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