Change of Status Written Statement Suggestions

To strengthen your change of status application, it is recommended that you submit a detailed written statement justifying your decision to apply for F-1 status. Please consult the questions below to help you form a framework for your statement.

 Why did you come to the U.S.?

  • What have you been doing since you arrived? Attach evidence that proves you have been engaging in activities that brought you here.
  • After arriving in the U.S., what happened that caused you to decide to study at this school? Please write a detailed, step-by-step description of the circumstances that led to your decision to attend school here. Attach any evidence to prove what happened. (B statuses only)
  • Why do you want to change your status to F-1? (all other statuses)
  • If you were employed back home, please explain how your studies will not affect returning to that employment. Also, explain how your career will benefit from your U.S. education.  Please attach a letter from your foreign employer that establishes that an extended stay in the U.S. will not affect your employment
  • If you were not employed back home, describe how your studies here will help prepare you for a career back home
  • Describe your intention to return home permanently following the completion of your studies. What is pulling you back there and why? Explain that you have a permanent residence there to which you plan to return. Attach proof of this residence.
*Note that while these points are ideas you may want to consider including in your statement, you should present your statement to your attorney to determine how to write the strongest letter possible.  

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.