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Thread: VISA expires before OPT

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    VISA expires before OPT

    Hello everyone.

    My F1 VISA expires in July 2019 where I received my OPT EAD valid until Feb 2020.
    Do I need to extend my VISA? If so, what kind of a VISA that it needs to be extended as?
    Else how do I stay until Feb 2020?

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    Opt is status , visa is to travel.
    You will be legal until your Opt expires , no need to worry.
    You need to extent visa according to Opt expiry , if in case you traveling.
    You need visa to re- enter the USA.

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    The visa is the document that must be valid for you to enter the U.S. Once you enter the U.S., it is no longer controlling your status. For those in F-1 status, to maintain status in the U.S., you must have a valid I-20 and/or OPT. As long as your I-20 (and SEVIS) are in valid status and your OPT is valid (and you are otherwise abiding by all the rules of F-1/OPT status), you don’t have to do anything.
    The fact that your visa is expiring is irrelevant unless you have to travel- if you have to travel out, you will need to get a new F-1 visa.

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