Can I change my immigration status while in the US? 3 Answers as of April 19, 2011I was a J1 starting june 2010 and successfully changed my status to B2 while in US.My new I 94 date was March 26 and I left the US March 24.I was interested they will make any problem in my home country US Embassy on my next visa application.Is there a certain period of time I am supposed to wait before applying again?As I said,I was not out of status at all.
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That will depend to some extend on the specific US consulate you are using. As a general rule, US consulates do not like it when people in J status change status in the US, instead of leaving on time. It is interesting because you are legally allowed to change status, as long as you made that determination after your last entry in J status. Since you have been in the US for 2plus years, you will have a difficult time showing strong ties to your home country and the consulate may feel you have immigrant intent. If you are entering on an H work visa, that will not be an issue. Otherwise, you will probably want to wait a while until you apply for a new entry as a student or visitor, in order to demonstrate those strong home ties.
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