You must decide which semester you wish to begin your F-1 program. Be aware that applying for a change of status (COS) may take many months for processing. If you wish to be changed to F-1 in less time, you must exit the U.S., apply for an F-1 visa abroad and return in F1 Status. If this is what you decide to do, please let us know BEFORE we issue your I-20. The I-20 issued to apply for a change of status while remaining in the U.S. is different from the one issued to apply for the F-1 visa abroad.
Once your F1 status is approved, you must enroll as a full-time student. As an F1 student, you are allowed to work no more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session. Your employment can begin no earlier than 30 days prior to the first day of classes.
Request Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility: You must be officially admitted to a program of study . Submit the following to the COS adviser at the International Services (IS) office:
Allow at least five (5) working days for us to produce this form I-20 for you. You will need your I-20 to pay the SEVIS fee.
Pay the SEVIS fee: Once you have your I-20 you must pay the $200 SEVIS fee (Form I-901). Visit the following web sites for information on this procedure: www.FMJfee.com or http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm. Print out a copy of the receipt.
Schedule an appointment with the COS adviser at International Services (IS) by calling (225)578-3191, and bring the following with you when you come to your appointment: