I came to US Jan 2009 for college on F1 visa. After completing studies, started work on H1, but did not get the visa stamping.
Now, I had been laid -off since 2 months (i.e since NOV 2013). No pay stubs since 2 months.
If I get an I-20 from a college, Can i start classes since I have an F1 on my passport?
You need to exit to have an F-1 student visa stamped on your passport. You will not be able to change status in the U.S. due to the violation of your H-1B status (as a result of not being able to continue working under the terms of your H-1B status). With an I-20, you can go to a U.S. consulate (in your home country) to apply for an F-1 visa. I suggest you consult with a lawyer before exiting the U.S.
It doesn't sound like you would be able to change to an F without leaving the US. As my colleagues have said in order to change your status to that of a student on a F visa you would need to be in a valid non-immigrant status (ie hold a valid visa) and as soon as you were no longer employed by your previous employer you were violating the terms of your previous visa. Be sure not trigger any bars to your reentry by having 6 months or more of unlawful presence and apply outside the US. I would suggest contacting an attorney before doing anything though. Best of luck.
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