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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
My Wife applied for COS from H4 to F1 in May 2017. She received first RFE in November 2017. Replied to RFE with all details and documentation and again she received another RFE on March 1st 2018. Later we replied to RFE, Now her I-20 is expiring on March 2018 . What happens when her I-20 expires and her VISA is still not approved ? If VISA is not approved due to I-20 expiration then she will not eligible for OPT and her one year effort of studying will go waste. How can She get the F1 Approved quickly ? Can they still approve F1 if I-20 expires ?. Any help is appreciated

Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if the news is not good that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

Has she spoken with the Designated School Officer (DSO) about issuing a new I-20? What did each RFE ask for?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
DSO advised not to take any course to extend the I-20 and asked her to respond to RFE. She is doing a certification course. First RFE was about New I-20 extended beyond December, Asked my I-797 and all paystubs and again asked us to send the details to show we have enough funding. I got a new job offer and we moved to Washington state from California. USCIS sent second RFE asking how she is attending course in california when address is washington state. We had provided detailed letter from DSO that all course was in campus and what days each course was taken. Not sure why again they sent another RFE.

Pretty much because under the new administration, most everything has gotten harder and RFEs are up 40%. Anyway, I doubt you would be able to expedite the approval before the I-20 expires, so you will have to ask the DSO to extend the I-20 again. If you want to try to expedite, here are some links:

https://www.uscis.gov/forms/expedite-criteria

https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume1-PartA-Chapter12.html

As to your questions:

What happens when her I-20 expires and her VISA is still not approved ?

They may deny the case and she stays in H-4 status. She would have 30 days to appeal the decision if it is denied.

If VISA is not approved due to I-20 expiration then she will not eligible for OPT and her one year effort of studying will go waste. How can She get the F1 Approved quickly ?

Look at the expedite links that I sent you.

Can they still approve F1 if I-20 expires ?.

They are not supposed to approve a case that as an expired I-20.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
What are my options now ? What steps can be taken now?

The steps you can take now is to talk to the DSO to get them to extend the I-20 and also you can take the steps to try to expedite as outlined in the links that I provided you.

Let me know if you need anything else, but please do not forget that positive rating. Thank you!

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