I have started my masters in fall 2015. I am currently on L2 visa. I have applied for F1 COS and got an approved letter - but the COS will be valid from August 2 2016.
I would want to go to my home country and get the stamping done. My university suggested me the following options and risks:
Go to home country and apply as a fresh visa ( COS gets cancelled) .However the administrative processing for visa would take time ( worst being 3 months) and I would need to return to the university by september 1 or else I could be terminated.
Continue staying in the country- I would want to go to my home country to finish the stamping as I have read the chances of rejection are more if i have 1-2 courses left.
Could you please advise