I am an aupair here in US, and my form I-94 will expire nextmonth, i want to change my staus. should i start to my application for a change of status to B1 visa?
But of course you should - need to apply for COS while still in valid J-1 status. Work with an attorney - don’t stand a prayer otherwise, since most of the self-prepared I-539 applications end up getting denied by USCIS, with all the nefarious consequences that such denial entails.
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B-1? That is for business visitors. Perhaps you are thinking of B-2 ... for tourists.
Yes, the sooner, the better.
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Yes you must apply for a change of status while you are currently in status. Consult with an attorney for guidance.
Yes! However, you consult with an experienced immigration attorney about your case. Any mistake with your application could be fatal to your case, so you should not risk your future!
An application for a change of status must be filed before the expiration of the form I-94.
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