I recently converted from H4 to F1 visa .This is how it went .
VO :Good morning .Pass me your I20.
Me:Good morning sir .
VO:So why MTSU ?
Me:Its one of the largest universities in tennesse . It has some ongoing research projects like autonomous mobility that am interested in . The university has offered me 8000$ scholarship recurring each year .
Me:my husband ,he is in US working in XYZ company .
VO :so why change from H4 to F1?
Me:for graduate assistantship .
VO :what is that ?
Me:I met the program director for interview and applied .He gave positive response .
VO :will you get paid ?
Me:(nervous)I think so .
VO :But what will you do ?
Me:since the professor works on autonomous mobility I will also work on it and ... (interupts)
VO: But you will get paid ?
Me:Yes sir its an oncampus job .
VO :whats your GRE ?
VO :Your visa is approved .
Me: Thank you sir .
The VO did not ask for intent to return .
A tip for H4 visa holders - As you are already in the US apply for some assistanships very early during the admission process . The professor may call for a meeting and you might ace it . You never know unless you tried . In my case the prof was a very old man and did most of the talking (phew).No technical questions just about the course work ,academic profile etc .
Masters in Management information systems
2 years work experience 3 years career gap