at this point i would like to change my j1 to f1 will it be possible to do so before my visa expires ?
Yes, it is possible, but you need to take immediate action. The controlling date is the expiration of your DS-2019 (your program end date), not your visa. A J-1 alien can remain lawfully in the United States for 30 days past his or her program expiration date. Thus, any application for a change of status can must be filed within that 30 day time period.
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