Students in the U.S. Seeking a Change of Status
How to Apply
There have been a number of changes to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements for nonimmigrants seeking to change their status to F or M. Those interested in changing their status to F or M student status should read the USCIS guidance on changing to a nonimmigrant F or M student status. Per USCIS requirements, in order to qualify for a change of status, students must have a valid status. The cost for applying for a change of status is $370 (I-539 form) with an additional $350 for the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) fee.
If your change of status application is approved by USCIS, you’ll receive the benefits of the F-1 status, but you won’t receive an F-1 visa in your passport. An F-1 visa is required to re-enter the U.S.
If you’re interested in changing your status, play our video “How to Become an International Student at COA” and follow the steps below in the order listed.
Lasted updated: January 2020
The following programs permit F-1 international student enrollment:
- Associate Degree Nursing
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Engineering
- Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre
- Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts
- Associate in General Education
- Associate in Science
- Associate in Applied Sciences – Business Administration
- Associate in Applied Sciences – Global Business
- Associate in General Occupational Technology
- Professional Crafts: Jewelry
- Agribusiness Technology
- Health and Fitness Science
- Aviation Systems Technology
- Computer Aided Drafting Technology
- Healthcare Business Informatics
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Medical Office Administration
- Surgical Technology
- Human Services Technology
If you experience login issues or need assistance with your College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) account, please call 866-866-2362.
Students overseas must take the TOEFL or ILETS Academic exam and earn the minimum scores: TOEFL — Internet Based 40, Paper Based 425, Computer Based 120. The ILETS Academic score we accept is a 5 or higher. We only accept the TOEFL, ILETS Academic or the RISE test (the RISE placement test can only be taken in North Carolina). Once students have earned the required English score on the TOEFL, ILETS Academic or the RISE placement test, students will be required to complete RISE math placement test for enrollment purposes.
Students must first complete the Information Session survey before being able to register for the placement test.
Students should allow one to two weeks for a Form I-20 to be processed and completed. Once a student’s Form I-20 is processed and completed they will be contacted via email. Due to Covid-19, a Form I-20 can be digitally signed by a DSO and can be emailed to a student.
Katie Cross: email@example.com
Brie Barclift: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator, International Student Services and Academic Advisor
COA – Dare: 104
252-473-2264 ext. 7011
COA – Elizabeth City: AE 133
252-335-0821 ext. 2281