In a recent policy update, USCIS has made significant changes to the process of changing status to F-1 and M-1 visas. This update eliminates the previous presumption of “immigrant intent,” allowing for more flexibility for applicants with pending or approved immigrant petitions or labor certifications. This shift brings F-1 and M-1 visas closer to the “dual intent” concept of H-1B and L-1 visas.

It’s important to note that while USCIS has updated its policy, the Department of State (DOS) may have its own rules for visa applicants at consulates. Therefore, it’s crucial to stay informed about DOS policies when applying for visas abroad. It is also important to note that this policy update is valid as of the date of this post, but it may change in the future. Therefore, if you are planning to apply for a change of your status, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney for your specific case. To schedule a consultation with one of our immigration lawyers, please us this link: