Sec. 514.41  Change of category.
(a) The Agency may, in its discretion, permit an exchange visitor
to change his or her category of exchange participation. Any
change in category must be clearly consistent with and closely
related to the participant's original exchange objective and
necessary due to unusual or exceptional circumstances.
(b) A request for change of category along with supporting
justification must be submitted to the Agency by the
participant's sponsor. Upon Agency approval the sponsor shall
issue to the exchange visitor a duly executed Form IAP-66
reflecting such change of category and provide a notification
copy of such form to the Agency.
(c) Requests for change of category from research scholar to
student will be evaluated recognizing the fact that, in some
cases, research skills can be substantially enhanced by doctoral
study.
(d) An exchange visitor who applies for a change of category
pursuant to these regulations is considered to be maintaining
lawful status during the pendency of the application.
(e) An exchange visitor who applies for a change of category and
who subsequently receives notice from the Agency that the request
has been denied is considered to be maintaining lawful status for
an additional period of thirty days from the day of such notice,
during which time the exchange visitor is expected to depart the
country, or for a period of thirty days from expiration of the
exchange visitors' Form IAP-66, whichever is later.