This is not a general question. You are asking for a consultation. No problem, but not on AVVO. AVVO is a free general legal information blog, not a substitute for legal advice. Schedule an consultation with a competent and well recommended immigration attorney for that.
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I agree with my colleagues that this is a little to complicated to answer in this kind of forum. One of the central questions is how long do you need to maintain J-1 status before the F-1 program start date. This question can be answer by reviewing the regulations and another resource called the NAFSA Adviser’s Manual. I recommend you consult with a lawyer that has specific experience in J-1 matters and a subscription to NAFSA.
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