CASE: Change of Status / I-539
DATE FILED: August 9, 2012
DATE APPROVED: October 5, 2012
Our client came from the Philippines on an H-4 visa (Dependent of H-1B). She was about to turn 20 years old, and wanted to attend a college in the U.S. Her father was still on an H-1B in Cleveland, but the job was not as secure as it was before. If he loses his job, our client will also lose her H4 status.
Her family contacted us. As parents, they wanted the best for their daughter, regardless of what happens to them in the future. Should the family lose their status, they just want to make sure their daughter continues in the States and attend college. They had relatives in Hawaii and they wanted her to stay with them as she goes to college. So they contacted us to get legal assistance for her change of status from H-4 to F-1.
Upon retention, we went into detail with their reasons for requesting a change of status. We made sure all addresses, contact information, and dates on their statements were complete and accurate. We made sure the SEVIS fees were paid and we obtained the I-20 document from our client. We prepared a brief that explained our client’s financial ability to go to school in the U.S.
The application was supported by corroborating evidence as exhibits to the application to avoid a possible Request for Evidence from the CIS. Our firm filed the I-539 Extension Application on August 9, 2012. On October 5, 2012, her change of status application was approved by the USCIS with no Requests for Evidence. Now she can stay in the United States and go to college, regardless of what happens to her parents’ situation.
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