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H1B visa to F1 visa [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 10:38
I'm an Indian applicant currently working in the US, on my H1B visa. I did NOT apply for my green card.

I recently got into Kellogg full-time MBA program. My plan is to go back to India and apply for my F1 visa, as I'm planning to go to India next summer anyway. I do not want to go through a lawyer and apply for change of status.

1. Is getting an F1 visa difficult since I'm on H1B right now ?
2. Do I have to quit my job before I go for my VISA interview ?
3. Can I use my current H1B application to get back to H1B visa, once I graduate, and use the remainder of my H1B time ?

It will be great if someone who has gone through this process in this forum can help me out.

I appreciate your help.
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Re: H1B visa to F1 visa [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 14:01
Hi

Replies inline (I'm not an expert, but I've tried to answer as sincerely as I could, please consider my replies with due skepticism ) :

query007 wrote:
I'm an Indian applicant currently working in the US, on my H1B visa. I did NOT apply for my green card.

I recently got into Kellogg full-time MBA program. My plan is to go back to India and apply for my F1 visa, as I'm planning to go to India next summer anyway. I do not want to go through a lawyer and apply for change of status.

1. Is getting an F1 visa difficult since I'm on H1B right now ? - No, it shouldn't be difficult because of your H1B, although they may ask you questions related to why you're going for a full time MBA during Visa interview.
2. Do I have to quit my job before I go for my VISA interview ? Not sure, but I remember that many did not do so, I think you can do some online search and decide on this
3. Can I use my current H1B application to get back to H1B visa, once I graduate, and use the remainder of my H1B time ? Perhaps not, although the Visa rules are complex and there is something known as "petition" with H1-B visa that decides the validity period of H1-B. Again, you cna search online and figure this out.

Check these forums, you might get something useful.

http://redbus2us.com/

http://forum.murthy.com/index.php?/topi ... en-to-h1b/

http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/h1b-t ... -6855.html

http://www.urch.com/forums/visa/61961-h ... tions.html

It will be great if someone who has gone through this process in this forum can help me out.

I appreciate your help.

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Re: H1B visa to F1 visa [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 14:16
A very insightful thread on our very own gmatclub. This should answer all your H1-> F1 questions :

h1-f1-conversion-general-student-visa-questions-87958.html
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Re: H1B visa to F1 visa [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2013, 10:21
Hi there!

I am in a similar position. I finished my undergrad from a university in the US and have been working here for the last six years. I am most likely attending UCLA this fall. Has anyone had any issues with visa officers (since I have been in the US for this long). It would be great if people could post their F1 visa experiences. I haven't been home in 2 years so I would like to spend some time there.
Re: H1B visa to F1 visa   [#permalink] 23 Apr 2013, 10:21
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