Q: Do I have to return home to complete F-1 visa application?
I've been in the US on vacation with aB-1 visa for 2.5 months now and with encouragement of my sis decides to study for my masters degree. Do I have to return to my home country or can I complete the process while remaining in the states?
A: You can change your status from from B-1 to F-1 status without having to leave the US. You will need to get acceptance into a University or College. If you change status while being in the US and decide to leave the US at some point (for instance visit your family), to come back to the US you will need to apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate based on your student status.
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