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OI 248.2 A or G applications.
Applications for change of status to section
or (G) under section 248 shall not be granted until verification of status on Form I-88 has been received from the State Department. However, Forms I-88 and I-506 are not required when a change to these categories is requested by or through the State Department; in such a case, the alien shall, if necessary, be informed that his change of status is contingent upon his possession of a valid passport.
Applications for change from A or G status shall not be granted until response has been received from the Department of State on Form I-88.
In each case in which the Form I-88 response indicates the alien is notified to the Department of State as entitled to A or G status and the alien is seeking a change to another status, the Visa Office shall be notified of the final action taken by the Service on the application. The notice to the Visa Office shall include only the applicant's biographical data; the date, place of issuance, and number of his Visa; the applicant's old and new immigration status; and the date of change of status.
Fees are waived in connection with applications for change to A or G status. However, the statutory fee shall be collected for every application for change from A or G status to any other nonimmigrant classification, except when a change to J status requested by an agency of the United States Government.