I'm working in USA in L1 Blanket visa. My L1 visa expired in Dec 2010 and hence I do not have a valid visa now. But now I'm able to stay in the USA as my I-94 is valid till 2013. I got admit to an university in IL and I'm planning to join as a fulltime F1 student in fall 2011 in the next 3 months.
I have 3 questions about getting my F1 visa.
1. Can I apply for F1 visa while I'm in USA? If yes, approximately how long would it take to get F1 visa in USA?
2. Is visa status transfer possible in my case? Because, I dont have valid visa now, can I still try visa transfer from L1 to F1? If yes, approximately how long would it take to make the transfer?
3. Or, do I need to go back to India for getting my F-1 stamped?
Any thoughts that you can share would really be helpful to me as I'm running out of time to make the decision.
Please let me know.