COS/ Exit and re-entry H4 to F1


Recommended Posts

I moved into the USA 2 years go on an H4 visa. This year I decided to study masters, applied and got accepted into a reputed college. Now I have a situation. My H4 visa expires on the 15th of June. (A renewal application is being processed by my spouse's company). In this situation, if I try to exit the country and give my interview in India, my renewal application gets nullified.
Now, if I get my F1 stamping I'm good. But, if it gets rejected (I really hope it doesn't) I will not be able to return back to the US anytime soon. This would be a problem, because I have a 5 month old baby and I need to get back to her. So, I'm also considering change of status now. I will have practical training engagements with my course and my CPT needs to be in place before that.
I'm at this point very unclear about what happens to the OPT/CPT part of the F1 status, if I opt for COS. Could someone please clarify the same? Also, given my situation, if I go to India for interview what are the kinds of questions I can expect. Would me having a baby that was born in the USA be an issue (to prove that I'm not trying to immigrate into USA)? I am the only child for my parents and I do intend to return back to India, once my spouse's H1B engagement is over. Thanks for reading this far and any help appreciated.
Link to comment


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.