Thanks for answering my question. There is one more question I had in my initial listing and that is that do I have to file the original I 94 with the COS application or a copy is good.
The other follow up question I have based on your answer is what is the implication of abandoning the COS application. While the COS is pending approval and I leave, my stay here will still be legal. Could you kindly confirm.
You are supposed to send the original.
Yes, your stay would be legal while the COS is pending. You should at least carry with you a copy of your I-94, turn in the copy if you leave and keep safe any evidence you have as to when you left the U.S.
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