Hello, I am in the states with J1 visa - Au Pair Program. I am in the second year of extension and I want to change status for F1. My current family is not available to sponsor me but I found and sponsor -the thing is I have to move with my sponsor because that's the deal. If I quit the program while I am sending my papers, My J1 visa is expired on my passport but I have I 94 and it says that It is valid until the expiration of my DS 2019 and my DS 2019 expired on December. Could it has any repercussion on my documents?
The expiration of the visa in the passport is fine as long as the I-94 is valid. You are ok in changing status along as you are not subject to the 2 year home residency requirement often associated with the j-1 visas.
You can change your status as long as you are in status. You are in status if both (1) your DS-2019 has not expired and (2) you are still in Au Pair program. The two-year home residency requirement does not apply to Au Pair. Also note that your F-1 program must start within 30 days from the date your status expires (i.e. the expiration of your DS form or the date you quit Au Pair. ) Otherwise, your change of status will be denied. Finally, do not trust the school in submitting your change of status package to USCIS. They are not competent or allowed to do so, but, unfortunately, they often do so and get the cases denied.
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