U.S. Department of Homeland Security prohibits B-1/2 and F-2 visa holders from studying in the U.S. If you are currently a B-1/2 or F-2 visa holder and wish to change your visa classification to F-1/J-1 in order to study, you must first apply to CSULA by submitting the online application, paying the application fee, and submitting the required documents to Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
Once you have been admitted to the University, you will meet with the Immigration Counselor at the International Office to discuss changing your visa classification to
You cannot enroll in classes at CSULA until U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reviewed your change of status application and approved the change to F-1/J-1 status. Upon receipt of the approval notice, another option is to depart the USA and apply for a F-1/J-1 visa stamp at a US Embassy/Consulate. This is typically a better method due to time constraints as a change of status application can normally take atleast 3-4 months.