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    Hi Tino,

    I had few doubts about my visa status, i would appreciate if you could assist me on these.
    1) I have a 10 year valid B1/B2 visa, I plan to enroll in a one year MBA programe, i would like to know what is the procedure to transfer my visa from B1 to F1, OR is it that i have to apply for a fresh F1 visa.
    2) Once i get my F1 visa, what happens to my B1 visa, would that be canceled
    3) After my completion of my course do i have to apply once again for my B1 visa.
    4) I am an Indian national but currently work in Kuwait, is there any restriction on us to apply for F1 visa from any other country other than from your country of origin? ( i got my B1 visa from Kuwait)

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    1) I have a 10 year valid B1/B2 visa, I plan to enroll in a one year MBA programe, i would like to know what is the procedure to transfer my visa from B1 to F1, OR is it that i have to apply for a fresh F1 visa.
    You have two choices
    a) Change your STATUS from tourist to student after you arrive in the USA. You will NOT get an F-1 visa, but you will have F-1 STATUS. This means that you will be in the USA as an F-1 student; however, if you leave the USA you will not be able to re-enter as a student because you will not have an F-1 visa.
    b) Apply for an F-1 visa in your country.

    2) Once i get my F1 visa, what happens to my B1 visa, would that be canceled
    They should not cancel your B1 visa

    3) After my completion of my course do i have to apply once again for my B1 visa.
    No. Assuming it is still valid.

    4) I am an Indian national but currently work in Kuwait, is there any restriction on us to apply for F1 visa from any other country other than from your country of origin? ( i got my B1 visa from Kuwait)
    Same as B1. You just have to show a legitimate reason for applying in Kuwait. Being a legal resident of Kuwait who is working there should be a good enough reason.

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    I appreciate your assistance Tino.

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    I don't think two visas can be valid at the same time (visitors and student). As soon as you get your student visa your visitor visa will be canceled. One can have only one visa status at once.

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    You can have multiple visas. But you can only have one visa "status" at a time.

    Visa and your status are different. Some people get those mixed together!

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    Hi Tino

    I am really hoping that you can be of assistance to me.

    I am currently in the USA on a B1/B2 visa. During our vacation here I decided that I would like to study in the USA as I would like to continue touring the States while I study.

    I have found a school that is SEVIS approved which I can attend, however, I will have to change my visa status from the B1/B2 status to a student visa status. My questions regarding this are as follows:

    1) Will I be able to remain in the USA and change my visa status without having to return to South Africa to change it?
    2) If I am able to change the status in the USA, how do I go about doing it?

    I am really looking forward to hearing back from you. I would like to start school in a month from now and it is important for me to handle this as soon as possible.

    Thanking you in advance
    Megan

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    May I ask where you are?

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    Question

    Please help!!!

    I have B1 b2 visa, but i would like to change my status in student which means f1 visa.

    Is it possible to do that without leaving usa???
    Please help??

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    Quote Originally Posted by South Arican Meg View Post
    Hi Tino

    I am really hoping that you can be of assistance to me.

    I am currently in the USA on a B1/B2 visa. During our vacation here I decided that I would like to study in the USA as I would like to continue touring the States while I study.

    I have found a school that is SEVIS approved which I can attend, however, I will have to change my visa status from the B1/B2 status to a student visa status. My questions regarding this are as follows:

    1) Will I be able to remain in the USA and change my visa status without having to return to South Africa to change it?
    2) If I am able to change the status in the USA, how do I go about doing it?

    I am really looking forward to hearing back from you. I would like to start school in a month from now and it is important for me to handle this as soon as possible.

    Thanking you in advance
    Megan

    HI,

    Could you please tell me is it possible to change my visa status from b1 b2 into f1 student visa

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    Quote Originally Posted by South Arican Meg View Post
    Hi Tino

    I am really hoping that you can be of assistance to me.

    I am currently in the USA on a B1/B2 visa. During our vacation here I decided that I would like to study in the USA as I would like to continue touring the States while I study.

    I have found a school that is SEVIS approved which I can attend, however, I will have to change my visa status from the B1/B2 status to a student visa status. My questions regarding this are as follows:

    1) Will I be able to remain in the USA and change my visa status without having to return to South Africa to change it?
    2) If I am able to change the status in the USA, how do I go about doing it?

    I am really looking forward to hearing back from you. I would like to start school in a month from now and it is important for me to handle this as soon as possible.

    Thanking you in advance
    Megan

    Dear South Arican Meg

    I am really hoping that you can be of assistance to me.

    I have the same problem like yours i have b1 b2 visa i and would like to change my status into student visa which is f1 is it possible to do that without leaving usa.
    Could you please tell me is it possible to change my visa status from b1 b2 into f1 student visa

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