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How to transfer USA VISA from F-2 to F-1 Status

June 19, 2020

How to transfer from USA VISA from F-2  to F-1 Status

Recently, I even have seen many inquiries on the way to transfer from F-2 VISA to F-1 Status, what are the choices, risks related to each option, the pros, and cons for every option. Recently, I went through the method. Thereby, sharing my experiences for those within the same boat:

Available Options: Mainly two options –
i) Changing status being inside the USA
Pros: The relatively safer option
Cons: Uncertain time interval, could vary between 2-6 months supported the USCIS case processing center because it only changes status, got to ultimately face the USA VISA interview whenever it goes out of the USA for stamping.

ii) Applying for F-1 VISA in Bangladesh (Home Country)
Pros: Quick VISA processing, usually 2/3 days if approved
Cons: Risk involved, but less than like another F-1 VISA applicants

Why I select to travel for VISA facing option:
To catch the intended semester, otherwise, I had to differ for one/two-semester
The risk seems minimal (worth) to me

Application Procedure:
Like other F-1 applicants, except a few questions on previous F-2 status

My Interview Experience:
Typical questions; what I’m doing now, Previous USA living experiences, Present VISA status of Spouse, funding source, etc.

Some notes:

  1. Mainly, I used to be worried about what would happen to my F-2 VISA if my F-1 application get rejected. After researching thoroughly, this is often my understanding – any of the four outcomes could happen supported the VISA Officer’s discretion and applicant case; having both F-1 and F-2, rejecting both F-1 and F-2, approving F-1 and rejecting F-2 as not required, and rejecting F-1 but keeping F-2. In my case, I fall under the 3rd group.
  2. In terms of Funding, I even have a RA offer, which doesn’t cover living expenses fully. Thereby, I prepared bank statements. But VISA officer didn’t invite any documents aside from I-20 and Passport. No statement , married related proof, etc.

Source: Higherstudyabroad


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