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Old 05-24-2013
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Question F1 visa for Kaplan courses

Hi I'm an IMG from India..I have a B1 visa (10 year multiple entry). Can I join a Kaplan live lecture course with the same visa or do I require a student F1 visa? Another question I have is if I apply for a student visa, will my tourist visa still be valid or would I end up with no visa at the end of the course? Thank you
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Hi there,

Yes, you can change your status from B-1 visa to F-1 for Kaplan. In my understanding, you should have some time limit to stay in US (Listed on you I-94 - given at port of entry). You must apply for change of status (B-1 to F-1) before that date. Once you get an approval, you will be given another I-94 having new date to leave the country (generally, duration of study (D/S). Here you have two options- once you complete the study- leave the country and come back on your B visa (which you have 10 years multiple entry) or again apply for change of status (from F-1 to B-1) before your I-94 (for F-1 visa) date expires without leaving the country. In either case, you will get another I-94 mentioning the date you need to leave the country.

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