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  • How safe is it to get stamping from India (H4 to F1 midway in course)?

    I am pursuing MS (Information Science, IT specialisation) from State university. I will complete second semester in April 2015. I am doing it on H4 visa (to avail in-state fee for 2 sems). In start of February 2015 I will apply for F1 visa for my third semester (summer 2015). In May 2015 I really need to visit India and I would come back end of May 2015 and resume classes for the 3rd semester (summer 2015). My questions are:



    1. How much time does it take for F1 processing? If I apply in Feb will I get it by April end?

    2.. Will I face any problem in stamping in India because I am shifting from H4 to F1 midway through the course?

    3. I have given TOEFL but not GRE. I gained admission on the basis on my Master's course and work experience from India (the university site states the requirements and its a state university), will no GRE be a be a problem during stamping? (Its a state university so no tri-valley kind of situation)

    4. My husband's GC has been filed, will that be a conflict when I go for visa stamping? As F1 visa is a non-immigrant visa while GC filed for husband show intent to immigrate. Please advice, if such a question comes up .



    Thanks

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ipsita Ojha View Post
        I am pursuing MS (Information Science, IT specialisation) from State university. I will complete second semester in April 2015. I am doing it on H4 visa (to avail in-state fee for 2 sems). In start of February 2015 I will apply for F1 visa for my third semester (summer 2015). In May 2015 I really need to visit India and I would come back end of May 2015 and resume classes for the 3rd semester (summer 2015). My questions are:



        1. How much time does it take for F1 processing? If I apply in Feb will I get it by April end?

        2.. Will I face any problem in stamping in India because I am shifting from H4 to F1 midway through the course?

        3. I have given TOEFL but not GRE. I gained admission on the basis on my Master's course and work experience from India (the university site states the requirements and its a state university), will no GRE be a be a problem during stamping? (Its a state university so no tri-valley kind of situation)

        4. My husband's GC has been filed, will that be a conflict when I go for visa stamping? As F1 visa is a non-immigrant visa while GC filed for husband show intent to immigrate. Please advice, if such a question comes up .



        Thanks
        1. When are you going to India, after your 2nd semester ends and before your 3rd semester begins? If so, you don’t need to file change of status to F-1. You just get your F-1 stamping done in India and come back. It’s a waste of money to file a change of status and then go for stamping when only stamping is required (this is unlike H-1B where you need to file a petition no matter what). F-1 is like H-4 that you have the choice of filing the I-539 if you are in the U.S. or you can just go directly to consulate. Even if you do the I-539 in US and it gets approved, it carries almost no weight when you go for F-1 stamping at the consulate, especially in India.
        2. Not necessarily. You will just need to show that you have ties to your home country, have intent on returning to India and have sufficient funds to pay tuition. See F-1 FAQ.
        3. Consulate doesn’t care whether you took GRE or not.
        4. Yes, that may be a problem as husband’s intent can be transferred to you by the consular officer. You can try for F-1, but in India it may be denied.

        If you must go to India, your best option is to go for F-1 stamping in India, and if they deny you, return to US in H-4 visa (if you don’t have H-4 visa, apply for H-4 visa). After you reach US, then file change of status to F-1.

        You should speak with an attorney.

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        • #5
          1 2-4 months
          2 u do t need cos if u go for stamping
          3 gre is not mandatory
          4 were u included in that petition ?? If yes then it could be a problem

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