Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Change of Status Procedures
- Notify OIA of your desire to change status in the United States.
DO NOT OBTAIN A WAIVER of the 212e UNTIL you have consulted with OIA first.
J-1 Extensions are NOT permitted by the Department of State after a waiver has been obtained
- Obtain appropriate immigration documents for the desired status (consult with OIA)
- Complete Form I-539 and other USCIS forms required for the new status
A change of status can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months from the time of filing. Please plan ahead and consult with OIA before proceeding.