As I file a change of status from work visa (L1) to tourist visa (B2), I need guidance on how much time is optimum to submit to USCIS in the application. I would need a month or 2 to wrap up. Thanks.
Yes, you are allowed to file 6 months prior.
Without knowing more, to optimize, you must know that USCIS will take 4-5 months to adjudicate the COS application. Leaving the country during the pendency of a COS application will be deemed as an "abandonment" and your application could be denied as such. You will then be deemed to have been out of status and started to accumulate "unlawful presence" as of the date of your I-94 expired.
Knowing what you now k ow, act accordingly and decide what is "optimum" in your situation and objective you are trying to attain.
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Likely USCIS will not grant more than 6 months. And if you think you need several months to wrap up your affairs and you understand that CIS will take 2-3 months to adjudicate the matter, then plan accordingly.
B2 will be allowed 6 months but how much time you ask and finally get depends upon your need and how you show this especially after stayng on L. Best Wishes!
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