The USCIS recently reminded B-1/B-2 visitors who want to enroll in school that they must first file for and be approved for a change of status to F-1 status prior to enrolling in classes. The USCIS stated that enrolling in classes while in B-1/B-2 status will result in a status violation. Although the USCIS stated that there were no exceptions to this regulation, B-1/B-2 visitors are allowed to attend avocational or recreational classes while maintaining their B-1/B-2 status. The USCIS stated that if B-1/B-2 visitors enroll in classes before a change of status application is approved, the visitor will be ineligible for a change of nonimmigrant status from B to F classification and will have to apply for an F-1 visa at a consulate abroad. The USCIS stated that encourages all prospective students to work closely with their Designated School Official (DSO) to coordinate the timing of applying for a change of status from B to F classification and when to enroll in classes.