A Olusanjo OmoniyiImmigration Attorney
Generally, once your F-1 visa expires, you cannot remain in the country until you hear about your pending I-526. Just as well, until your I-526 is approved, you cannot adjust your status as long as your I-526 remains pending. A more feasible option is to seek an extension of your F-1. It can be either for continuation of your studies, or seeking and obtaining an optional practical training (OPT) with the help of your college. If none of these options work, the family should consider leaving the U.S. to avoid being out of status. Finally, the kids cannot attend school once your F-1 status lapses because their F-2 status will no longer be valid as well.