Generally, change of status is available for anyone who lawfully entered the US with a non-immigrant visa i.e. a F1 Student visa or Tourist visa, to another non-immigrant visa i.e. an H1B specialty worker visa. In order to change status, it is generally required that applicant’s nonimmigrant status remains valid and has not committed any crimes that would make him/her ineligible.
However, not all nonimmigrant status are eligible to change status, and may require one to phyically leave the U.S. before being allowed to enter again on the same or different status. If you wish to know more on whether you are eligible to apply for change of status, please contact the Law Offices of Ashley Dworsky for a consultation.