F2 to F1 in process. husband's H1B approved. Do I need to file for H4?

I am currently in the US on F-2 Visa. My husband is currently on his STEM OPT. I have a query regarding my current visa status. I have an I-20 from University of Notre Dame for Fall 2020 and have filed COS from F2 to F1. (Receipt date: 05/20/2020) My husband’s H1B has been approved and will start from October 1st. I haven’t filed for COS to H4 as my COS to F1 is already in process. The University allows F2 status holders to atudy part time.

  1. So, considering my current situation, can I start studying part-time on F2?
  2. Will I be out of status from October 1st? or can I stay and study part time as I had filed my COS early? Does this come under authorized period of stay?
  3. Do I also need to file COS to H4? Can two COS applications run parallely?

Your reply will be highly appreciated.

@Anil_Gupta tagging you so that you don’t miss this!

Your current status should be F2 if your spouse’s status is F1.

You will be out of status starting Oct 1 as your husband’s status will change to H1B automatically.

You should file H4 COS application if your own F1 is not approved by Oct 1.

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Thank you for your reply. Considering this, if I my COS to H4 is pending after Oct 1, am I legally allowed to continue my part time study that I started on F2? What will be my status after Oct 1?

You should be able to study but it is better you consult your University too.

Your status would be ‘period of authorized stay’ while your COS applications are pending.

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Thank you! Will do that.