Immigration Issues/H1B - F1 - H1B
I am on a H1B visa but will be layoff in 3 weeks time. As it's going to take awhile for me to find another company to sponsor my H1B until the economy sees some recovery, I prefer to go back to school and take up a full time Graduate School degree, which means changing from H1B to F1. Will I have any issues if:
a) after converting to F1 and in the middle of my full-time degree program, a company would like to hire me and sponsor my H1, can I stop my degree program and change the status to H1 with the new company?
b) do I have to leave the country just to apply for the H1 or can I continue my stay here (and not working) till I obtain my H1? If I have to leave the country, how long will this approval process take? If I can stay here, how long will this immigration process take?
b. You should not have to leave the country to convert from F1 to H1. It could take a few months to process the F1 to H1. You may want to premium process the H1 because in doing this you have a decision within 15 days. The only drawback is that it costs an additional $1,000.00 for the service.