Changing Your Status: Do You Need To?
There are currently two ways to submit a change of status application: paper or electronic.
An OISS advisor will help you plan the best way to submit your application.
There are many visa classifications which permit either full- or part-time study.
- If you are in the U.S. in a visa classification other than F-1 or J-1 student (such as F-2, J-2, H-1B, H-4, L-1, L-2, G-4, E-2, B-2, etc.), please check with the OISS for restrictions specific to your immigration status.
- If your current status does not permit full-time study, you will not be eligible to enroll as a full-time student at UNH until you have received approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of your change of status.
- Likewise, if you have been offered a graduate assistantship and your current immigration status does not permit employment, you will not be able to accept the offer until your status has changed.
Instructions for Applying for a Change of your Immigration Status
Once you have consulted with the OISS and determined that a change of status is necessary, you must assemble an application.
You must complete the following and review with an OISS advisor:
- Completed Form I-539 (download forms directly from the USCIS Online)
- Personal statement showing how you have been supporting yourself since your arrival in the U.S.
- Application fee – Personal check, Certified Bank Check or Money Order made out to: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services”
- SEVIS Fee Receipt – For information and instructions Click Here
- Copy of your Form I-94, Record of Arrival/Departure
- Copy of your passport biographic pages (showing name, citizenship, date of passport expiration, etc.)
- Copy of your current U.S. visa
- Copy of the principal alien's Form I-20, DS-2019 or I-797, current U.S. visa and I-94
- Evidence of financial resources - bank statements, affidavits of support, scholarship/assistantship award letters, or a combination of these documents
Once you have submitted these documents to the OISS, we will review the application before you submit it to USCIS. It can take 12 to 16 weeks for USCIS to make a decision, so make sure you factor this into your planning.