F-1 to H-1B (Admin processing), F-1 still valid with new initial I-20?


I was employed on my initial OPT for a year after which my H-1B petition was approved. However, after visa interview last year, my case was put in Administrative processing which is still pending after a year.

My question is - Does my existing unexpired F-1 visa still remains valid to enter US for a PhD program with new initial I-20?

As per Five month rule, I don’t need to get a new visa if my old visa isn’t expired. But does my pending H-1B case affect my chances to reenter?

Please advise. Thank you.

You should be able to use unexpired visa stamp to enter the USA.