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Visa questions(for internationals)? [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 06:54
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Hey guys-

Had a question on when I can quit work. I am currently in the US on an H1 and am planning on doing a change of status into F1. Couple of questions:

1. What is the earliest that i can apply for the change of status from H1 to F1?

2. Do I absolutely have to quit when I get my reciept from USCIS? If not, then when is the earliest or latest that I can quit?

3. Finally, what is the process to apply for the change of status? Do i just send in my H1 papers, I-20 etc? Where can I get more information on this process from?

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Re: Visa questions(for internationals)? [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 07:04
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Get in touch with the school, their Office of International Affairs will help you.
I'm in a J1 status here, and I was outside the US before, so I don't know exactly how to help you. One thing that I remember is that my J1 status started exactly one month before classes started, I guess F1 is the same.
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Re: Visa questions(for internationals)? [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 07:56
This has been discussed earlier..

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Re: Visa questions(for internationals)? [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 09:03
I found some info.

sterny wrote:
Hey guys-

Had a question on when I can quit work. I am currently in the US on an H1 and am planning on doing a change of status into F1. Couple of questions:

1. What is the earliest that i can apply for the change of status from H1 to F1?

Your application for change of status must be received by USCIS during the period of 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 to no later than 30 days after the start date.

2. Do I absolutely have to quit when I get my reciept from USCIS? If not, then when is the earliest or latest that I can quit?

3. Finally, what is the process to apply for the change of status? Do i just send in my H1 papers, I-20 etc? Where can I get more information on this process from?

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/isso/visa/F- ... o_F-1.html

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Re: Visa questions(for internationals)? [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 13:10
sterny wrote:
Hey guys-

Had a question on when I can quit work. I am currently in the US on an H1 and am planning on doing a change of status into F1. Couple of questions:

1. What is the earliest that i can apply for the change of status from H1 to F1?

2. Do I absolutely have to quit when I get my reciept from USCIS? If not, then when is the earliest or latest that I can quit?

3. Finally, what is the process to apply for the change of status? Do i just send in my H1 papers, I-20 etc? Where can I get more information on this process from?

Thanks!
sterny


The school will have a lot of info about this. I attended one where the international admissions office discussed about H4 to F1 conversion, the petition details, the USCIS received date, the acceptance date and it significance etc. H1 to F1 should be similar.
Re: Visa questions(for internationals)?   [#permalink] 16 Mar 2009, 13:10
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