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When filing an I-539 to change from an F-1 to B-2, can I wait for the decision? What are the repurcussions?

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I am from Brasil. My current situation:

I am living in Philadelphia with my boyfriend and on a F-1 and I decided to defer enrollment to my college until next semester. Without realizing it, this killed off my F-1 and I was told I need to leave in 9 days from today. (15 days from when they filed my leaving class)

Could I file an I-539 to change my status over to a B-2? I already have a tourist visa for the United States.

Given that I have 9 days, would this allow me to stay over while waiting for their judgement? I've read that if they say no, they will cancel my B-2 visa, is this true?


Also, I would then re-enroll on January 6th which means I could re-enter the country December 6th under my F-1. If I stay in the US under my B-2, could I simply go to Montreal for a weekend and then come back into the states using my F-1 instead of my B-2?

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Once you are out of status you are not eligible to file for a change of status to another classification. The 9 days are just courtesy time to leave the U.S. not status if you stopped going to school.

Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
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Former Adjunct Professor -- Immigration law
University of Illinois College of Law

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Does that mean I could go to Canada and then come back in on my tourist visa?


You should talk to an immigration lawyer about possibly doing a reinstatement of your student visa.

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Talk to the school's DSO to see how to get yourself reinstated. Generally if you drop classes for semester, you may still be able to return to student status.

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