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Is it possible to change a USA F-1 visa for B -1/B-2 visa because of a change of interest?

  • You cannot "swap" them out; you'd have to apply for a B1/B2 separately as there are different requirements for each. – Burhan Khalid Jun 10 '15 at 5:33
  • @BurhanKhalid that is incorrect; see my answer for more information. – phoog Jun 10 '15 at 8:36
  • The person is asking about a visa not change of status. – Burhan Khalid Jun 10 '15 at 8:41
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    Are you already in the US? – Karlson Jun 10 '15 at 13:19
  • @BurhanKhalid many people confuse the two. I think Karlson has hit the nail on the head: I assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that the OP is already in the US. – phoog Jun 10 '15 at 17:23
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In principle, you can change your status, but you won't actually get a new visa. You'll need to file form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status: http://www.uscis.gov/i-539.

This assumes you are already in the US, as Karlson point out in a comment to your question. If you are not in the US, you will probably have to file a new application. Ask at the consulate. They will be able to tell you. Surely this has happened before.

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