To obtain F-1 status, you have 2 options
If you are currently in the USA in another immigration status and would like to obtain F-1 status via travel, you will need to obtain an I-20 from our office. You must be admitted to or enrolled in a degree program before you are eligible for an I-20.
If you obtain F-1 status after traveling abroad and obtaining an F-1 visa to enter the USA in F-1 status, you will be required to complete 2 (two) semesters enrolled as a full time student in F-1 status before being eligible for any off-campus employment such as OPT or CPT.
We recommend you consult an experienced immigration attorney if you wish to change your status.