Change of Status (COS)

If you are changing your status to F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, or B-1/B-2, you can now do this on line with the USCIS ELIS system. 
NOTE:  You CANNOT change from one J category to another without leaving the country and reentering. For instance, you cannot change from a J-1 research scholar to a J-1 student by filing on line or an I-539 form.

USCIS ELIS is a user-friendly system created to streamline the application process for immigration benefits. USCIS ELIS provides more accurate and secure customer service. It also allows USCIS to process cases in a more efficient, consistent and secure environment.

If you are eligible, you can go online and create your account. Otherwise you will need to file an I-539 and submit by mail. See below for specific instructions.

 

TO F-1 F-2 H-4 J-1 J-2
FROM
B-1/B-2 GO     GO GO
F-1   GO GO GO GO
F-2 GO     GO GO
H-1 GO GO GO GO  
H-4 GO GO      
J-1 GO       GO
J-2 GO     GO