You may obtain another status by traveling abroad and scheduling an appointment at
a U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for the appropriate visa for the status you wish
to have granted upon re-entry to the US. You will need to have the appropriate documentation
for the visa you wish to apply for.
LSU International Services recommends that you apply for a visa in your home country, though some embassies and consulates can process third country national requests. If you intend to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate outside of your home country, contact that specific embassy or consulate to make sure they process third-country nationals and the required documentation.