Change of Status to F-1

Change of Status to F-12018-12-31T13:21:33+00:00

This process is for students who need to change a different non-immigrant visa status to student visa. Follow the below steps to apply to Columbia College and request an I-20. You should MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to discuss whether a Change of Status is possible in your case.


Step 1. Application

Download, complete, print and sign the Application-for-Admission_International and Student Enrollment Agreement

Step 2. Request I-20 

Download, complete, print and sign the I-20 Request form and 050-001 Enrollment Acknowledgement_International.

Step 3. Request Change of Status

Download, complete, print and sign CHANGE OF STATUS REQUEST FROM, Change of Status Agreement and  Request for Deferred admission.

Step 4. Bank Statement

  • Provide a personal bank statement which must be dated within six months of the start date of the program.
    • Ending balance of bank statement must be over $28,000 to enroll in ESL program
    • Ending balance of bank statement must be over $30,000 to enroll in Associate Degree program
  • If you have a sponsor, please download the Affidavit of Support Form. Your sponsor completes and signs the form.

If you apply as F-2 for your dependent, you should show an additional $5,000 in your bank balance per dependent.

Step 5. Proof of Completion of High School level education

  • Provide evidence that you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education.
    • Copy of your high school or your secondary school diploma OR
    • Copy of your college or university transcript

Step 6. Passport

  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Copy of your current visa
  • Submit I-94 form and any immigration documentation you have for your current status

Step 7. Application Fee

  • Submit application fee
    • International Student Application fee of $100 (non-refundable)
    • Tuition Deposit: one session’s tuition (Non-refundable: $150 + *Defer Fee)

[*Defer Fee: charged $50 every session after the initial I-20 starting date]

All Application forms and documents should be delivered to the International Student Admissions.


Mailing Address:

Columbia College

International Students Admissions

8620 Westwood Center Dr.

Vienna, VA, 22182


Phone: (703) 206-0508


Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Step 8. Pay the SEVIS fee

  • Pay the SEVIS fee (
  • Don’t forget the Applicant’s name, signature and date on the bottom of Original initial I-20.

Step 9. Apply for change of status at USCIS

  • Receipt of SEVIS fee to show payment
  • Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. (
    • If you are changing status from B-1, B-2, or F-2 status, you cannot begin your studies prior to approval of their change of status.
    • B-1 or B-2 visitors should file for an extension of status if their B-1 or B-2 status will expire while their change of status applications are pending with USCIS or before the study program start date.
    • There is no other factor that requires you to depart the U.S. prior to making a reentry based on a different classification. (ex. A USCIS officer may determine that you should obtain a new visa prior to being readmitted into the U.S.)


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