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  • H4 to F1 Premium Processing


    My wife is holding a H4 visa and is currently doing her MS. We want to apply for a COS to F1 for her to be able to do OPT. But we came to know that the current processing times for COS are 5-6 months.

    We do not want to wait that long for COS.

    Is there a premium processing available for H4 to F1 change of status?

    If there is one available, how to apply for that?

    I found out that I-539 is to be used to do a COS from H4 to F1.

    Please let me know ASAP if you know the asnwers.

    Thanking you in advance,

  • #2
    As per this link, premium processing for F-1 is not available.
    11th year H-1B
    LC: PD 11/24/04 (RIR/EB2 filed at NH SWA, case transferred to PBEC), AD 1/25/07
    I-140: RD 2/5/07 (NSC), AD 12/3/07
    I-485: RD 8/8/07 (TSC), ND 10/2/07, AD 2/26/10


    • #3
      Though there is no premium process for H4 to F1, the H4 to F1 transfer doesn't take that much time. It takes 2-3 months. My H4 to F1 transfer was approved in 16 days when the USCIS website was showing that it will take 2-3 months for the processing. So it depends on when you are applying. I applied mine in August 2005.
      Other option is to travel outside and enter on F1. If approved, your wife will get her F1 the same day.