Legal Question in Immigration Law in New York

I have both B2 tourist visa and F1 student visa. Since I came to the USA more than 30 days from the beginning of the classes, I had to enter with my B2, and so says my I-94. I want to know how to change mu status from tourist to student, because now it's within 30 days from the start of the school. Again, I already have the student visa, but my current statua is tourist.

Asked on 8/08/12, 1:13 pm

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Brian D. Lerner Law Offices of Brian D. Lerner, A Professional Corporation


Something was done incorrectly. You could have entered early on the F-1. You can't have both.

 Student Petition

You will need to obtain a change of status to that of a student. First, this is accomplished by getting the I-20 from a school that accepts non-immigrant students. There is no list of schools that accept non-immigrant students. Therefore, you simply need to call the school and ask for the official that deals with foreign students. Once the I-20 is received, my firm can prepare the Student Visa Petition. My firm can then prepare the entire Student Petition which must be submitted prior to the expiration of your current stay. 


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Answered on 8/11/12, 1:13 pm

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