After Court Halted the Oct 2 USCIS Final Rule fee hike, Congress has approved a huge Premium Processing (I-907) fee increase and expansion, which also includes fees for new categories: I-765 (EAD), I-140(NIW), and Some I-539 (Change/Extend Status)
A major difficulty for anyone with a B-1 or B-2 visa who wants to change their status to F-1 status is that - due the length of time it takes for the USCIS to consider the change request, the SEVP institution which approved the course of study may “defer” that start date. Applicants seeking to change their status to F-1 must have approved nonimmigrant status (such as B-1 or B-2 status) which extends to, at least, 30 days before school’s start date AND the F or M change request must be approved before that 30 day period.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency provides a few useful questions and answers for foreigners in the United States who want to enroll in a course of study at an approved American institution.
Some immigrants can change their nonimmigrant status to F-1 status if approved by the USCIS. Others can’t. Generally, according to the USCIS, you can apply for a change in nonimmigrant status from one visa classification to another if.
On April 13, 2020, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a press release due to the COVID-19 pandemic – as to how the pandemic applies to immigration-related issues. DHS is working to protect Americans and American communities – including considering policies to help improve US working conditions during the pandemic.