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H-1B to F-1 Visa (URGENT!)

H-1B to F-1 Visa (URGENT!)

Old Jan 22nd 2002, 3:04 pm
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As the subject explains, I would like to know if it is possible to change status from H-1B to F-1 after I finish my full term of H-1B (6 years) in the US.
A lot of people have been giving me varied answers to my question.
College/University international advisors say that it is possible while others tell that it is not. I am utterly confused and desperate to seek a genuine, factual advice as I do not have much time left on my H-1B and do not want to be out of status.
All help in this regard is thanked for and appreciated .
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Old Jan 22nd 2002, 6:07 pm
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SALI wrote:


Of course it is possible. Many have done it. However, there is no guarantee. Your
particular case may be denied.

If you have filed an immigrant petition, or if another entity has filed an
immigration petition on your behalf, your success is less likely. However, the
chances of success are still not nil!

Who are these people who are telling you that it is not possible? Are they
professionals of any kind?

I suggest that you identify a reputable immigration attorney, with a lot of
experience with the academic area. A good place to get a referral would be the
international office of a university. Sit down and talk with the attorney, and find
out what your chances are. The chances will be expressed as 60%, 80%, 95%, etc. Then
you will have a much better basis on which to make a decision.

I am utterly confused and

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