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IESC assists students with the process of changing their legal immigration status to F-1, non-immigrant student. A COS can be obtained through one of the following procedures:
Note: A Change of Status is not a visa. You will have to obtain an F-1 visa stamp in your passport the next time you leave the U.S and plan to re-enter in legal student status.
To be eligible for a COS, you should first have been admitted to the University as a Non-resident. IESC will issue an I-20 for you to process the Change of Status.
Information on visa applications and US embassies is available at www.travel.state.gov. Please verify application requirements, processing times and other information specific to your individual case and home country.
Students are responsible for paying all required fees. The new SEVIS I-901 fee of $200 for F-1 applicants went into effect on October 27, 2008. Please verify whether you need to pay this fee when applying for your visa. Information on the SEVIS I-901 fee is available at www.fmjfee.com/i901fee.
For either option, please bring the following to your mandatory meeting with a Foreign Student Advisor:
A policy can be purchased online here and must be paid separately from your tuition. Payments are to be made online only.
If the policy is purchased elsewhere, please bring a receipt showing proof of expiration date as well as the policy, or a letter from the insurance company with your full name verifying that your current insurance meets the above requirements.
Policies purchased in countries other than the United States must be officially translated in English and all relevant amounts must be in US dollars.
IESC will take 3-5 business days to review and process the request. Please call 818-677-3053 to ask if the I-20 is ready for pick up.
Please contact IESC at (818) 677-3053 or email a Foreign Student Advisor for questions and/or clarifications:
|COLLEGE||NAME OF ADVISOR|
|Engineering and Computer Science||Brenda Acostafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Business and Economics||Patricia Marquezemail@example.com|
|Health & Human Development; Science and Math; Humanities||Hanna Leefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Art, Media, & Communication; Social and Behavioral Science; Education||Liat Tamsutemail@example.com|
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