COS F2 to F1


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I have been admitted for fall 2016. I have applied for my change of status from F2 to F1 on June 20 2016 and still waiting for the approval as the processing time is 2.5 months from the date USCIS received my application i could expedite my application process so i am confused as of now to whether attend the orientation and enroll for the classes full time or not.I have contacted DHS and they told me i cannot enroll full-time until i receive the approval letter but i can enroll part time while on F2 status in this i have 2 cases 

Case 1: 

What happens if i attended Orientation and enroll part time classes and in the middle of semester my status has changed to F1 is it considered as from the date of approval or from the next semester i.e.,Spring 2017 it will considered as F1 full time student because i wanted to be on F1 Full time academic student for atleast 1 Full academic Year further approval of CPT or OPT application.

Case 2:

What happens if i defer my application to Spring 2017 and wait for the approval of Change of status to F1 if my status has been changed to F1 some around end of September 2016 will i be in status lawfully without enrolling for classes in this fall 2016 semester or not because there are like 3 months gap to start for Spring 2017 Semester if my application is deferred.

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On F2, you can indeed not enroll for full-time study. Since 2015, it is allowed for somebody on F2 to study part-time.

And forget CPT. THat's a big red flag nowadays and would cause lots of problems later on.

For OPT you have to be enrolled full-time for at least one academic year.

You can't change from part-time to full time in the middle of the quarter/semester. You would have to enroll in more classes for it to be full-time, and that's obviously not possible in the middle of the quarter/semester.

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On F2, you can indeed not enroll for full-time study. Since 2015, it is allowed for somebody on F2 to study part-time.

And forget CPT. THat's a big red flag nowadays and would cause lots of problems later on.

For OPT you have to be enrolled full-time for at least one academic year.

You can't change from part-time to full time in the middle of the quarter/semester. You would have to enroll in more classes for it to be full-time, and that's obviously not possible in the middle of the quarter/semester.

Is it fine if i defer my application and start when F1 status is approved or not 

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You must maintain full-time status from the date your F1 is approved for. I recently did a COS F2-F1 but my start date was 4 months from the day I applied. I was approved in 3.5 months. I think USCIS will not approve case if I-20 start date has already passed when they read the application. You might get a RFE asking for a new I-20 with a deferred admission date or a explanation. 

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