The application for change of status from student to R-1 needs to be received while the student status is still valid. Then you need to watch the timing after that.
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As long you filed before your student visa lapsed, you can stay till the R1 is approved or denied by the CIS. Please keep in mind that you are considered out of status from the date the F1 lapsed if the R1 is later denied.
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I agree with my colleagues. The change of status petition must be properly received by the USCIS before your current status expire.
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