Change of Status to F: Student Issues - Recording(.MP3)

Change of Status to F: Student Issues - Recording(.MP3)

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Recorded 10/07/2021
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU WS2021-10-07-DL

Consulate closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have forced foreign nationals wishing to stay and study in the U.S. to apply for a change of status instead of applying for an F visa at a consulate abroad. While attorneys may be comfortable with other traditional change of status filings, changing to F requires careful planning, timing, and monitoring by the applicant, attorney, and Designated School Official (DSO). The experts on this panel will discuss issues that attorneys must consider when advising clients filing for a change to F status and provide best practices for avoiding denials and other pitfalls in this context.

Featured Topics:

  • H-1B to F-1 Issues: Must Employment Continue? When Does the H-1B Period Stop?
  • Issues Specific to F-1 to F-2 and B to F-1
  • Bridge Filings: When Are They Required?
  • When Are Separate I-539 Filings Required for Dependents?
  • Change of Status: Mid-Year Approvals, and Who Can Attend School Prior to Change of Status Approval?
  • Is Change of Status Still the Best Option: Checking the Consulates for Updates on Which Visas They Are Prioritizing

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David A. M. Ware (DL), Metairie, LA

Ghazal Nicole Mehrani, Birmingham, MI

*Albert Rivera, Princeton University DSO and Director of the Davis International Center, Princeton, NJ

*Maryanne Luther, University of Texas at El Paso DSO and Assistant Director of the Office of International Programs, El Paso, TX

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

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