You could apply for the visa abroad and that might be faster than trying to change status.
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Talk to your DSO and seek his/ her guidance on the approach. Sometimes they work with the USCIS if there is a slight delay.
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You are allowed to seek visa foil issuance in any place in the world where US consulate there would agree to take jurisdiction. Unlike immigrant visa, doing so in your country of citizenship or habitual residence is not required. Hence, call the consulate and ask ahead of time whether they would agree.
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