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This is Andy. I came to United States last month on a tourist visa. So its been a month i am here. Now i am arranging all my documents for change of status to F1 Student. So i need to know some important information before i start the procedure.

1. Are community colleges good enough for change of status? I mean they are cheaper than the uni's and other colleges so i want to study in community college. Is it a right choice?

2. If i choose 2 years study than what will be the duration of my F1 student permit? Do i get the work permit after my studies?

3. Are their may intakes for undergraduate programs?

4. Should i prepare whole paperwork myself or i should contact attorney?

Please Guide me help will be appreciated.

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Most of these questions should be directed to the DSO at your school. The I20 issued by the school will have your duration of stay on it.

You may apply for OPT after your schooling but the job must be directly related to your major and you are only allotted one year

good luck

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no work permit because you have to study full-time, you can only work 20 hours per week and on campus, and really it isn't that cheap.

international students depending on the career can pay up to 3 times what local students pay, meaning do you have thousands of dollars to spare?

check the college that you are interested in, they will give you the answers.

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and USCIS will wonder why you didn't apply for a student visa earlier, and what happened to all those ties you claimed you had when you applied for the B2 visa....and if the COS is allowed, well, when you return to your country later and need an F1 visa, guess what the first question will be?

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You have to obtain a student visa through the school. You have to apply and be accepted. Then the school will do the paperwork. International rates are very expensive even at public schools and you will have to show that you or a sponsor can provide funding for your school and living expenses.

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A student visa F-1 can only be issued to a person who is OUTSIDE the USA.

You cannot change status from tourist visa to student visa.

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