General Nonimmigrant Visa Blog Entries

  • USCIS explains its types of site visits

    USCIS' Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) office has recently explained the three types of site visits that are currently being conducted:

    1. Risk Assessment Program fraud study (RANDOM VISITS). This is a joint study by USCIS and ICE applicable to both family-based and employment-based cases. Cases are chosen for randomly for review and site visits  usually after a case is approved. The purpose of this study is to build a profile of the types of cases where fraud is most prevalent.

  • From H-4 to F-1

    Some questions from the community:

    I have been on H-4 for almost 3 yrs now, and starting my MS in Spring 09 (on H4 status itself). But now I want to change to F-1 for personal reasons. I have the following doubts. request your clarification:

    a. If I want to get my F-1 stamped from India, do I need to submit I-539 form also to the ISO of my school ?

    No. An I-539 is used if you want to change status within USA.

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