Changing Visa Status

U.S. Visa Application and U.S. Passport
U.S. Visa Application and U.S. Passport

Each nonimmigrant visa is issued for a specific purpose, allowing the visa holder to fulfill that intent. Occasionally, foreign nationals might want to modify their visit’s objective in the U.S., like a tourist wishing to enroll in an educational institution.

If you require assistance with a change of nonimmigrant status, contact Hanlon Law Group, P.C., to consult with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer today.

Criteria for Modifying Nonimmigrant Status

To alter the type of nonimmigrant visa, one must file an application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For a successful status change, an individual should:

  • Reside legally in the U.S. with a valid visa
  • Have a U.S. visa category that’s eligible for status modification (Certain categories are ineligible)
  • Adhere to all visa conditions (e.g., not working without proper authorization)
  • Initiate the status change before the visa’s expiration
  • Maintain a passport that remains valid throughout the new nonimmigrant status
  • Fulfill the prerequisites for the new nonimmigrant category

Meeting these criteria doesn’t guarantee approval. Given the lengthy processing times, USCIS recommends applying at least 60 days before visa expiration. However, applications can be submitted up to six months in advance.

Transitioning from Nonimmigrant to Permanent Residency

Transitioning from a nonimmigrant visa to permanent residency in the U.S. can be intricate. Initially, nonimmigrant visa applicants must demonstrate ties to their home country and the intent to return. Misrepresenting intentions can lead to deportation.

Yet, both USCIS and the U.S. Department of State acknowledge the dual intent doctrine. This means an individual’s intent can evolve over time. Demonstrating dual intent can be challenging. If you’re considering permanent residency, it’s advisable to consult an immigration lawyer before applying.

Consult an Immigration Specialist

Altering your nonimmigrant status can be intricate and time-intensive.

For more insights about modifying your nonimmigrant status or if you’re aiming for temporary U.S. employment or permanent residency, reach out to Hanlon Law Group, P.C. An expert in immigration law is available to guide you.




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