Change of Status Law and Legal Definition

Change of Status refers to an alien legally entering the United States on a non-immigrant visa and wishes to change to another non-immigrant visa classification without being required to exit the US during the process. Change of status is the changing from one non-immigrant visa status to another non-immigrant visa status while a person in the U.S., usually a student, is permitted for some types of visas. USCIS determines whether the request is approved or denied. Requests regarding change of status should be made by the visa holder to the DHS, USCIS.