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  • Need urgent advice on immigration status....

    I really need urgent advice on my OPT status.

    I am graduating in this fall semester, but I filed my OPT application very late - my OPT application material was received by USCIS on October 29, 2013. Btw the start date on my EAD card is Dec 25, 2013.

    Before I didn't realize it took 3 months to finish the processing. Anyway, my last day to stay at school is Dec 18, 2013. So together with the 60-day grace period of F-1 students, does that mean if I can't receive my EAD card on or before Feb 18, 2014, I couldn't stay at the United States and have to go back to my home country?

    Even though I can receive my EAD card in Jan/Feb 2014, does that mean, in my situation, my 90-day unemployment period ends in Mar 25, 2014?

    Any advice would be helpful in this regard. Thanks for reading this post!
    Last edited by Frank Puk; 11-06-2013, 12:29 AM.

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    I don't know about other things.. but.. I can say: If you have a job offer in hand, (after you receive your order receipt number), you can call them and expedite the case/ or you can still try to expedite the case by letting them know that you will be graduating by Dec 18, and you need to have the EAD, by then).


    • #3
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      • #4
        1 u will not be on grace period u will be in status till the decision ..
        2 nope u r ead start date is the requested start date or the date of approval whichever is later .. it counts from when it started ..


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            Timeline for applying OPT

            Timeline for applying for OPT with or without Job Offer?
            It is definitely possible to apply for OPT without a job offer. If you already have a Job offer then you know the OPT start date. If you don’t have job offer then choose a date you prefer to start, which cannot be more than 60 days after your graduation/completion.