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Form I-20 and Work Authorization

How will an unstamped Form I-20 affect work authorization?

A student should have no negative impact on off-campus employment if s/he has the USCIS-issued Employment Authorization Document and a Form I-20.

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F-1 or F-2 Extension—Leaving Country Prior to Visa Expiration

I have two more years to complete a Ph.D. with a valid I-20, but my Visa expires in August 2013. I want to visit India in June-July 2013. If I come back in July, do I need to apply for F-1 visa (and F-2 visa for my family) extension? Would I have problem in reentry if I have one more month of valid F-1/F-2 visa?

You will need a new visa only if you return after August 2013. Check with your DSO to make sure you have all the appropriate requirements completed.

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Guestbook Entry for subhradip, United States

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Thank you Mr Khanna for providing such a spectacular service in assisiting and making me understand in detail about the issues  related to F1 and GC process. Thank you.God bless!!

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Rajiv has been of incredible help to me for the last few years. I’d applied for the 485 Adjustment of Status and it looked like I’d be stuck in the queue for years before my greencard arrived. So, as I thought about my career, I decided to go back to school for a Ph.D. However, I was told by most everyone that getting an F-1 visa to go back to school would be very difficult. Rajiv gave me excellent advice to still go ahead and apply for the F-1 – I ended up getting it with no trouble whatsoever. As the years went by, I then ended up getting the greencard as well – Rajiv has been really helpful in letting me know the specific requirements (in terms of the job classifications, travel etc) related to obtaining permanent residency. I have been following his advice and I have been really pleased – he’s been absolutely accurate in all of his advice and I’m certainly counting on him in times to come as well.

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I wish to thank Rajiv Ji and other members of his team for brilliantly handling my F1 visa reinstatment case, which I lost due to Tri Valley fraud. Rajiv Ji stepped in as an angel in the toughest times in my life and painstakingly prepared and filed the I 539 application. He is very kind and went a step ahead and as a true samaritan, he filed it pro bono. I am very very grateful to him and his highly qualified and thoroughly professional staff for the timely help, guidance and the success, which I owe to immigration.com.  

USCIS Publishes FAQ on F-1 OPT And H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations

Introduction

These Questions & Answers address the automatic extension of F-1 student status in the United States for certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions (indicating a request for change of status from F-1 to H-1B) for an employment start date of October 1, 2012 under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 H-1B cap.

Questions & Answers

Q1. What is “Cap-Gap”?

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Nonimmigrant Visas: 

Two-year home residency requirement

Can I obtain an F-1 if I have a two-year home residency requirement on my earlier J-?

Yes.  F visa is NOT forbidden.  But you will not be able to get an H-1, L-1 or green card unless you address the HRR through compliance or waiver.

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F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

As part of our Curricular Practical Training (CPT), I completed my summer internship with a company on 2nd of the September. So the formal procedure for extending the work is to apply again for the new CPT but somehow my second CPT delayed and got approved on 28th of September. Between 3rd and 28th for around three weeks, company asked me to work and I did. At the time I was not aware of the consequences but now I am in a great trouble. What do I do?

You have two choices that I can see: apply for reinstatement or go outside USA and reapply for a visa.

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