Change of Status to F: Student Issues

Change of Status to F: Student Issues

Change of Status to F: Student Issues - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 1/13/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

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
David Ware is an immigration practitioner since 1982, with a consistent academic focus. His national practice boasts offices in New Orleans, Denver, and Seattle. Active in AEIA, AILA, NAFSA, the FBA, and NACUA, and a frequent speaker and author on immigration topics. He currently serves on the Board and Annual Conference Committee of the FBA’s Immigration Law Section (ILS). Mr. Ware served for three years on AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee, as well as Students, Healthcare, and TSC Liaison Committees.

Ghazal Nicole Mehrani, Birmingham, MI
Ghazal N. Mehrani is the founder of Law Offices of Mehrani PLLC headquartered in Lansing, MI. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Mehrani has been involved in numerous international student/scholars matters across the country. She also has extensive experience in obtaining favorable J-waiver (212e) as well as Advisory Opinions from DOS for international scholars. Ms. Mehrani received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015.

Dahlia French, Lubbock, TX
Dahlia M. French has practiced immigration law for over 27 years. She recently returned to private practice after 16 years leading international student and scholar programs at US institutions and academic medical centers. She received an LLM from Loyola University (2021) and her JD from Howard University (1993). She currently serves as an AILA MC Moderator (Students & Schools).

Erin Gustafson, Senior Advisor, and SEVIS Coordinator, Office of International Students & Scholars, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Erin Gustafson is a Senior Advisor at Yale University and has served as a Designated School Official since 2006. She served as the NAFSA Region XI representative for the ISSS Knowledge Community from 2013-2015 and was elected to Chair the New England region from 2016-2018. Erin is involved nationally in international student and scholar issues and gives presentations on immigration topics facing students and scholars. Erin also trains DSO professionals on F-1 regulations.

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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