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I was denied a B2 visa this month but was wondering if my circumstances changed enough to apply for an F1 Visa.

Riverside, CA |

My original plan was the travel and visit friends. However, my director is strongely encouraging me to study in the States and will grant me a leave of absence for 4 months on the condition that I take English classes at a SEVP approved institute. I will also be able to renegotiate my contract as soon as I provide proof of course completion. I am planning on applying to the University of California, Riverside's ESL program. I am an English teacher at a large private institute and have been working there for about a year. I was also able to find a sponsor in the States who will support me during my stay. I will have letters of support from both my employer and my sponsor. Should I apply for the F1 visa?

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You didn't tell us why your B-2 application was denied.

Sure, you can go ahead and 'try' to get an F ... but, you need to address the reason for their denial of the B.

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Why was your B2 denied, and what "circumstances" have changed? You can apply, but it may be best to resolve the B2 denial issue first.

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I was denied because I could not prove that I had strong ties, or a compelling reason to return to Korea.


If B-2 was denied due to strong ties to home country issue, F-1 is likely to get denied for the same reason unless there has been a change in circumstance since.

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