You can apply change status from status from H-1B to F-1 immediately. However, because of USCIS processing times, if you would like to being your studies on October 13, you should return to your country to apply for an F-1 visa.
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You can file for an application for change of status from H-1B to F-1 at once. Please note, however, that USCIS typically takes 4-5 months to process such a change of status application. Consequently, if you are planning to begin your classes on October 13, then your best bet will be to fly back home and apply for an F-1 visa from the consulate there.
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My colleagues are correct ... the smart thing to do is go home to get a F visa stamp.
A COS from H to F will take too long.
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b/w- check with the school's DSO. I think if you file a change of status from H1 to F1, the school will permit you to take classes till the F1 is approved.
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You want to be within a legal status to transfer to F-1, better do if from the home country.
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You should have two options. First you can get the I-20 and then apply for the visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate. This usually takes just a few days and should have you back in time for the start of classes. Otherwise, you will need to apply for a change of status to F-1 and wait for approval before starting classes. This can take up to six months.
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