I currently have both B2 (visitor) and F1 (student) US visas.
I entered the using my B2 visa to join my family for vacation.
I will become eligible to stay on my F1 visa as soon as my family leaves.
How do I change my visa status without going back home?
Do I have to cross the border and re-enter?
If so, will I be able to cross the Mexican border and re-enter without having a Mexican visa?
Your facts are confusing. On one hand you state you have two visas, B2 and F1, and on the other hand you want to change your status to F-1. if you entered the country on visitor visa, you can file for change of status while you are in the U.S. providing you qualify for such status.
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There are some facts missing as to why you 'really' used the B-2 ... I suspect it is because you were arriving too early to able to use the F-1.
Yes, you can file a change of status to F-1. But, YOU CAN NOT START SCHOOL until after it is approved.
The fastest way is to cross the border.
I can not comment on your ability to enter Canada, nor Mexico, without one of their visas ... this is a US Immigration Law blog.
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