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    OPT EAD or H4 EAD - Best option at this time

    Hi Guys,

    I need your expert advice quickly. My Situation is -

    My spouse is working on OPT EAD at client location and ready to apply for OPT extension (By Aug 2018).
    My I-140 is approved and company is processing H1B extension in premium.
    Based on my situation, could you please suggest what should be best choice for me to do at this point of time for my spouse.

    1. Continue with OPT and OPT STEM extension.
    2. Apply for H4 and H4 EAD for immediate COS.
    3. Apply for H4 and H4 EAD for future date (6 month later) and apply for OPT extension with staffing company

    Company attorney is not suggesting anything. Its completely our decision.

    STEM OPT has lot of news going on - (Employer location work only).
    H4 EAD is also going through lot of problems.

    Please give your opinion on this case as early as possible. I have to decide on this by next week.

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    USCIS new policy does not allow opt candidates to work at client location. Since university needs to sign I983 to apply for stem extension I doubt if university will sign it if employer location and work location are different. If that's the case your only choice is H4 EAD

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    Opt extn is possible only if she is working directly with client no third party in between. I would suggest h4 ead with immediate cos even though h4 ead is gonna go soon because she will get h4 and h4 ead now for 3 yrs assuming u get ur h1b for 3 yrs. After that she can apply for h1b. In current situation if she applies for opt extn and cant get it, then she needs to get admission in a university with cpt and work and spend alot of money in univ fee plus the inconvenience of going to univ every month. Hope this gives u an idea.

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    What if college generated I20 and people applied STEM Extention? Extension gonna still get rejected?

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