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06-20-2015, 04:24 AM

My H1B VISA expired on 4th March 2015. I wanted to change my status from H1 - H4, but forgot to do so due to pregnancy complications. Now I am out of status. I submitted my change of status application (H1 - H4) along with my husband's H1B renewal on 10th May with priority processing.

My husband's H1B approved with start date as 2nd Oct 2015 - 1st Oct 2018. FYI...he currently has active H1B status that expires on 1st Oct 2015.

USCIS forgiven me and approved my change of status also, but with start date as 2nd October (same dates as my husband). I was hoping to have start date as 11th May (Change of status application date) as my husband currently have active H1B status (10/1/2012 - 10/1/205) and (10/2/2015 - 10/1/2018). But I received approval with start date as 10/2/2015.
Now that my status change start date is 2nd October, Do I need to leave country?? What is my current status. I don't want to break 180 day rule. I do understand that I can't enter US for 3 years if I stay for more than 180 days while I am out of status. My 180 day period ends on 30th August 2015.

What are my next steps? Please advise