Immigration Issues/Tourist visa

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Question
Hi,

I am currently holding a B2 visa and would like to enroll in certificate
programs  like photography. I am currently employed in my native country as
a finance analyst and would like to extend my stay here. can I change my visa
to a student visa that way?

Answer
Hi,

The USCIS discourages changing status from visitor to F1 student status within the U.S. In order to obtain F1 visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate in your home country, you should obtain admission to a program of study in the U.S. and the college or university will issue you Form I-20, which are required documents when you apply at the U.S. Consulate. Additional information about the F1 visa category is here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html

If you want to extend your B2 status in the U.S. (please note that B2 status does not allow studying in the U.S.), Form I-539 must be properly filed with the USCIS prior to I-94 expiration. Additional information is here: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/New%20Structure/3rd%20Level%20%28Left%20Nav%20Childre

You can contact our law firm at 212-268-3580 during business hours, or email info@h1b1.com for additional guidance about extending B2 visa status.

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Ajay K. Arora

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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