Immigration Issues/Change visa status
I am an Italian postdoc on H1B workin in US and payed by US research institution.
I recently won an Italian fellowship: I am going to be payed by the Italian institution (that will become my employer), to continue to work in the US institution (formally as a volunteer postdoc).
FACT: I have to change my visa status from H1 to J1:
QUESTION: Should I file all the visa application ex novo from an Italian embassy or I can do it while staying in the US?
(My H1 visa is still valid)
Thanks for your help and kindness
You need not leave the country to change to J-1. You should contact the international student office and they will issue you the DS-2019 and advise you on filing form I-539 to change your status from J to H.
However, if at any time you wish to leave the US and reenter after you have changed to J-1 visa you would need to obtain a J visa at the US consulate in Italy.
PS. If you ever choose to become a permanent resident in the US you should think about filing for it under the National Interest Waiver category. My firm would be glad to help you in this.