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Hello, my name is***** am in Utah as a tourist and I need help to figure out what to do next if I want to stay in the USA to work or study.

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I am Russian, I live in Denmark with my Danish husband. I am thinking to get masters in the USA.

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Dear *****, I need a little advice on what can I do and what legal opportunities do I have. What kind of visa in my case is best suitable.

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ANSWER: It is completely dependent on what you are trying to do (i.e., the purpose of your staying in the US). If you pan to study, then you would require an F1 student visa.

In order to apply for a change of status to student status, you will need to file form I-539, Application for Change of Nonimmigrant Status, with evidence that you have been admitted and enrolled in school (get an I-20 from the DSO), that you have the ability to support yourself and pay tuition and fees, room and board, and that you have strong ties to Russia or your place of residence prior to coming to the US.

I would not do apply for this change of status within the first 90 days of coming to the US.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you for your answer! I will try to be more specific. And I have only last two small questions Q1: I know in general about F1 visa, but after I apply and if it takes more time than my tourist visa allow me to stay, will I be able to stay in the USA during that visa process time? Q2: If I apply for a long-term educational course (not graduate program) is it a longer process of issuing visa comparing to the standard student visa (graduate program) Will I also be able to stay in a country while wating? Thank you!
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