Depending on any condition, it is solely the applicant’s decision to choose any option above. You should consider you travel plans, expiration of I94 and visa change of status eligibility.
Who can apply for a change of status:
- If your current visa permits for a new status
- If you are maintaining your current visa
Ineligibility for a change of non-immigrant status:
- If your authorized stay on I-94 has been expired
- If you have violated your current and previous visa status
- If you current visa prohibits for a new non-immigrant application
What do I need to apply:
To obtain the F-1 status, you must follow following instructions:
- Choose one of the options stated above
- Meet with an Admissions counselor and an advisor at International Student Office
- Get Accepted into Gulf Language School or North American University.
- Pay $450 of deposit fee (upon approval, the deposit will be credited toward the tuition fee. In case of visa denial, the school will refund full amount of $450 back to the student. If the visa is approved and the student decides either to transfer to another school or leave to the home country, the school will not refund the fee back).
- Get your I-20:
- If you are leaving the U.S. to apply for the student visa in your home country (Option 1), the I-20 will be issued specifically for that condition. Please confirm with the advisor at the International Student Office.
- If you are submitting for the change of status (Option 2), the I-20 will be issued for change of status reason. Thus, please confirm your decision.
- Allow us 10 business days to review your application and issue the I-20.
- You will be notified to pick up your I-20.
The school will provide you a general information about COS application process; however, the school will not submit the application to USCIS, we strongly suggest you consult with an attorney for this process.
A quick note to know:
If your application is pending after I-20 program start date, the student must notify the advisor at the International Student Office to defer the start date to the next available program start date.