I am applying for a J-1 visa to work as a camp counsellor in June/July 2012. I have also already been accepted into a university in the US with a scholarship and intend on starting my studies late August. I have SEVIS numbers and all the necessary documentation for both visa's.
Will I be able to easily change my J-1 status to F-1 status while I am in the US? As my J-1 will only be valid for 2 months (without grace period), I will have to file my I-539 form with the USCIS quite early after my arrival in the US. Will my application for change of visa status be denied because I have "planned to change my status before entry to the US?"
(A reponse from Mr. Knowitall will behighly valued and appreciated! )