I'm on a H1B and I'm applying for full time MBA. I need to change status to F1. I met with a school's International student advisor and she said once she gives me an I20, I need to stop working even though I would have not even applied for a COS by that time? Is she right? If not, how long can I continue to work on H1B after applying for COS from H1B to F1? thanks for your responses!
Rarely anything is automatic in US immigration law. You do not need I-20 if you continue maintaining your H1B status including working for the employer on the conditions outlined in the LCA and going to school in the spare time. If you need to seek change of status to F1, you need to do that before you quit your job.
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No I-20 will not automatically cancel your legal H1B. You need to prepare and submit all required F1 documents and get them approved BEFORE your current status expires however.
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You only need to stop working once your COS F-1 is approved.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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