Whenever information on your I-20 changes,
the ISSO must issue you an updated I-20 form to reflect the
new information and notify the USCIS. The
following instructions are for academic students only.
This section is for current Boston University
students who are in F-1 status and are changing from one
education level to another (e.g. Master's to Ph.D.), or from
one program to another (e.g. Master's in Computer Science
to Master's in Business). It will describe the steps you
need to take to comply with regulations of the U. S. Immigration
and Naturalization Service (USCIS).
Definition of Education Level
"Education level" refers to the level
of an academic program of study. You can find your educational
level in item 4 on your USCIS Form I-20. As a Boston University
student, your program of study is at one of the following
(Boston University Academy)
training (CELOP - Center for English Language and Orientation
(certificate, non-degree, or dual degree programs, etc.
New I-20 for Change of Education
Level or Program
If you have been admitted to a new academic
program at Boston University, you must be issued a new I-20
by one of the following offices in order to change your Educational
Level or Program:
|Undergraduate Degree or Non-Degree studies
|Graduate Degree, Certificate Programs, or Graduate
Non-Degree studies; or for BU Academy
||International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). Proof
of admission must be submitted by the admitting Boston University
school or college before the ISSO will evaluate a student's
eligibility for a new I-20.
When you receive your new I-20, please
read all the information on it carefully. If any information
is incorrect, contact the office that issued the I-20. If
all information is correct, complete Item #11 on page one.
If you have dependents (spouse and/or
children under the age of 21) who are in the U.S. in F-2
status, they must each receive their own updated dependent
I-20. If they are not in the U.S., but plan to obtain
F-2 visas and enter the country to join you, they must
an updated dependent I-20 to apply for their visas and
enter the U.S. (See section on F-2
dependents for more information.)
Two Ways to Process a Change of
Educational Level or Program
A notification of change of educational
level or program can be processed in two ways (click on
an option for detailed procedures):
remaining in the U.S. and requesting that
the ISSO notify the USCIS of the change within 15 days
of starting the new program.
leaving the U.S. and reentering with the new Boston University
I-20 before beginning the new program.
The way you choose to process the change
of level is your decision. Either way is acceptable as long
as you follow proper procedures.