I'm currently on H4 and a citizen of India. My husband is working on a H1b visa. I've an admit for a reputed university with a full scholarship and assistantship. To qualify for the scholarship, I need to be on F1 status before my course starts (Aug 26, 2013). If I apply for Change of Status now, it may take anywhere between 3-5 months and if I don't get it on time, I lose my scholarship. Should I just go to India to get it stamped or can I apply for F1 in Canada, Mexico of Bahamas?
You could apply for the visa abroad and that might be faster than trying to change status.
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Talk to your DSO and seek his/ her guidance on the approach. Sometimes they work with the USCIS if there is a slight delay.
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You are allowed to seek visa foil issuance in any place in the world where US consulate there would agree to take jurisdiction. Unlike immigrant visa, doing so in your country of citizenship or habitual residence is not required. Hence, call the consulate and ask ahead of time whether they would agree.
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