Undergraduate in california from september 2008-2011
OPT and STEM OPT at same university till February 2014
Will be on J-1 visa doing research at university lab till June 30th 2014. ( 2 year home residency rule applies and not exempt)
Hope to start a PhD program at a US university in July/Aug 2014.
Will there be issues in the transition ?
Will I have to go back to home country to apply for F-1 ?
Do I need the residency waiver for applying to F-1 ?