My H4 visa expired on my 21st birthday in February 2018. I filed for a COS from H4 to F1 in September 2017. It looks like I will receive a decision in November 2018 based on the current processing time.
I have been without a valid visa since February (5 months). It will be 9 months in November 2018.
Is it better to Travel to India and apply for an F1 visa there or wait it out and see whether my i-539 application is approved or not?
I am currently in a Masters program planning to graduate in December 2018. My i-20 is from May 2018 to sometime in 2020. If I travel to India now by taking a semester off, could I still apply for F1 visa from there stating that I need to complete my program?
I am afraid that if I wait it out and I get denied (which is possible because I will have stayed in the US for more than 6 months without a valid visa), it could have consequences for any future travels to the US. And, If I travel right now, I may get denied without being able to complete my masters.
Please let me know if you have any answers! Thank you!
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