How to Get Started at Montgomery College
If You Are Requesting a Change of Status I-20.
(For any non-immigrant visa holder currently residing in the U.S.
wishing to change their status to a student visa.)
Definitions of I-20 and Immigration Status:
What is an I-20?
An I-20 is a “Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1)
Student Status for Academic and Language Students.” I-20 forms
are issued by “Designated School Officials,”who are usually
your International Student Coordinators. The completed form verifies
that an international student has been admitted to an academic program
for full-time enrollment and has shown evidence of financial support.
The form is used by international students to request student visas
(F-1) and student immigration status (F-1).
What is F-1 Immigration Status?
F-1 immigration status allows an individual to be engaged in full
course academic study in the United States in an accredited educational
What is M-1 Immigration Status?
M-1 immigration status allows an individual to be enrolled in a vocational
school or certificate program in the United States.
(For additional information on F-1/M-1 immigration status, or to make
an appointment, if required, contact the U.S.
Embassy where you plan to apply for a change of status.)
How to Request a Change of Status I-20:
You must call and set up an appointment with an International
Student Coordinator at the Montgomery College campus you choose to
attend. The International Student Coordinator will review your change
of status request.
For more questions about immigration status or visas, contact
Montgomery College International Student Coordinators via e-mail at
the campus you wish to attend: