I am in H1B status. Can I file two change-of-status applications at the same time – one for H-4 status, and the other for F-1?


There is nothing prohibiting multiple filings. However, the general rule is that the last approval will govern one’s status. So, once the desired application is approved, it is important to withdraw the unwanted application, to avoid ending up in the “wrong” (unwanted) status. Unfortunately, even after submitting a withdrawal request to the USCIS, the second COS sometimes still goes into effect. If that occurs, trying to correct the USCIS error can be a challenge. (19.Jun.2017)

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