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Individuals currently on a non-immigrant visa who want to apply for a change of status (COS) to an F-1 visa must first fulfill the requirements of obtaining a Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility, before applying for a change of status. If you are granted the I-20, you must first pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, and then submit Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status. Individuals are encouraged to apply online using USCIS ELIS. All required documents should be scanned as a PDF or JPEG file; maximum size of each file is 6 MB.
To understand the admissions requirements and application process, and the requirements for the COS application, download the 2013-2014 International Student (F1) Admissions Application Packet. Read the packet carefully and completely.
Individuals applying for a COS to F-1 must submit all application requirements together by the following deadlines*:
*If you are interested in playing sports in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), please contact the respective coach. You may be subject to an earlier application deadline.
Please Note: In order to qualify for admission, you must satisfy the requirements of both Harford Community College and USCIS. Harford Community College has the right to approve or deny admission to students based on review of the required documents. Once all materials are received and approved, HCC will prepare the I-20 form and send it to the student (or local sponsor). Be advised that permission to attend Harford Community College is provisional, based on the final decision of the USCIS to approve your application for a change of status.
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