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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.

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 (full payment must be made with this link and see tuition information)

*** Application fee $175, registration fee $35, and placement test fee $25 will be added

2. Original Financial Documents - Bank statement in English with a minimum balance of $22,500 in the account (can be emailed in PDF)

 ** 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..)

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

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

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

6. 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 ieliss@hunter.cuny.edu if you have any questions.

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