Frequently Asked Questions - OPT

Student on OPT during Covid 19

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CPT, OPT, Unlawful Presence
The New Restriction on 12 Months of CPT OPT Combined – – Consequences of H-1B Denial on OPT
Starting Business While on Student Visa
Status of Off-site Placed STEM OPT Extension Students
H-1B and Green Card Transfer From a Non-Profit Organization to For-Profit

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1. The answer is No. There is no advantage in going through for-profit or non-profit that's just irrelevant.

STEM OPT Extension for Consulting or Staffing companies
Green card pending conversion to and from H-4 EAD – H-1; Filing green card while in F-1 status

See clip from Attorney Rajiv S. Khanna's conference call video that addresses this question. 

Reentry for F-1 Nonimmigrants Traveling Outside the United States

This section of the FAQ applies to continuing F-1 students who travel outside the United States for five months or less.

OPT to H-1B

A1. You can consider going back to school or B-1/B-2 status. There is information on our blog on B-1/B-2 to maintain status.

O-1B Extension and Authorized Period of Stay

As long as you had filed your extension application before expiration of the current status, you are not illegal as long as the case is pending. You are in

OPT - H4 - H1

1. Your H-4 application must reach USCIS before expiration of your OPT (although it could be argued that you have an extra 60 days, but I stay away from having to argue).
2. No different than filing a new H-1.
3. You could have a difficult time entering if cutting too close the end, although, legally you are entitled to it as long as you have a job in your field that you have been performing on your OPT.