I have applied for j 1 waiver through the Conrad 30 program, my application is right now with department of state. my ds- 2019 has expired on June 30th, how safe is it for me to stay in the country or is it safer to go back to the home country till my h1 goes through? Some people have suggested me to leave the country within 30 days and others suggest not to go back as I might have difficulty returning back. Please suggest?
You have a 30-day grace period for J-1. To recommend a course of action, one would need more details - such as would your H-1B start Oct 1, 2013, or sometime sooner. In other words, will you have a gap between J-1 expiration and H-1 start date? Might not be a bad idea to consult an immigration lawyer privately.
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