With certain exemptions an alien already in the United States can apply for a change to F-1 status if he or she has maintained lawful non-immigrant status up to the time the application is filed.
Check list of procedures for changing from an J-1 or Tourist Visa to an F-1 Visa
|1) First Apply to the College
International Admissions Office, (413) 236-1636
Complete Admissions application
Provide an official high school transcript or GED transcript
Provide official college transcripts if you hope to transfer credits in
Pay $35 application fee
Provide College level English proficiency proof (TOEFL scores)
Provide Affidavit of Support for $17,000.00
Notarized BCC form
Official bank/financial institution statement proving readily available funds
Provide College Health Requirements
BCC Immunization Requirements form
Provide proof of health insurance coverage
Discuss Change Nonimmigrant Status / From I-539 with BCC International Admissions Staff
2) After being admitted to the College Apply for Change of Status
Pay SEVIS I-901 fee ( for student visa) prior to filing I-539
Apply to Change Nonimmigrant Status / Form I-539 by submitting;
Original Form I-94
Copy of valid passport
Copy of current/valid visa
Original Form I-20
Proof of I-901 fee payment
Copy of Affidavit of Support
Written statement explaining reason fro request of change of status.
Pay Form I-539 fee
Submit payment with Form I-539 application. Fee is $300.00
Pay by check or money order from a bank or financial institution located in the United States and payable in U.S. currency.
Make check or money order payable to:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Where to File Change of Status and Visa application?
USCIS Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479
3) To be able to register for classes you have to take the Learning Skills Assessment Test
Call to schedule Learning Skills Assessment Test Testing Center, 236-1655, Koussevitzky #213
Take your test in Koussevitzky #213
Bring photo ID the day of testing
Receive scores by mail
Call to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to select your courses
- Registrar’s Office, 413-236-2137.
4) When Visa has been approved.
Provide BCC International Admissions with:
Copy of approved I-20