Center for International Programs
West Chester University
320 Mitchell Hall
675 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
International Student Advising:
Make an appointment.
Limited availability for walk-ins.
This option requires students to file a COS within the U.S. The processing time is approximately 3-4 months. The CIP will issue a "Change of Status" I-20 for this option. Once the student receives the I-20, they must make an appointment with an CIP immigration advisor to review the required documents for USCIS application. Simply obtaining the I-20 does not change a student's status to F-1. Students must submit the application packet to USCIS and receive COS approval.
Depending on the student's current status, enrollment at WCU prior to the change of status approval may be affected in the following ways:
This option requires students to depart the U.S. and re-enter in F-1 student status. The student is required to:
This procedure automatically changes the student's status to F-1 upon entry to the U.S. The length of this procedure varies depending upon the student's departure date from the U.S. and the processing time for the F-1 visa at a U.S. embassy/consulate abroad. However, applicants can register for classes and receive paid assistantships or on-campus employment immediately after re-entering the U.S. in F-1 status.
Once the I-20 is issued, students cannot change the type of I-20 they receive unless there is a sufficient reason to do so. Processing time for the I-20 normally takes one week, if all the proper financial statements have been submitted.I-20 processing questions must be emailed