Immigration Issues/H4 to F1 issue


I have applied for COS from H4 to F1. I am going to Puerto Rico now. Do I have to get F1 stamping in Puerto Rico or since I have already applied for COS its OK not to get the stamping ? (Note - I dont want to get F1 stamping). Thanks

The general rule is that once you change your status from H4 to F1 you must get your F stamped if you leave the country.  Puerto Rico is a possession of the US.  It is my belief that you would not need to get your visa stamped if you are going there.
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Business Immigration. My practice focuses on representing researchers, scholars, and other advanced degree professionals with filing NIW, EB-1,O-1, H-1, L-1 petitions. I am a founding partner in the immigration law firm Ashley & Krishnan,


18 years as a practicing attorney.

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