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  • Travelling in India on OPT

    Hey All,
    I have a question. I need to go to India in this December. I am hoping that I will have following documents with me at the time of leaving USA.
    1. Offer Letter for employment
    2. OPT card
    3. I20 signed by international office
    4. Valid Visa
    Will I still have problem at the port of entry or this should be OK?
    I have applied for OPT card. How much time does it take for OPT card to come in normal case?
    Please share your opinion.

  • #2
    Please provide further information

    When did you apply for OPT card? Which Service center?
    What is your Employment start date?
    How long is your stay?

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    • #3
      I applied for OPT card 2 days back.
      Employment start date will be Feb 3, 2014
      Stay will be for like 15 days from Jan 10, 2014 to Jan 25, 2014

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      • #4
        can you travel within the US with EAD card as you ID and valid passport?

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        • #5
          yes,but most of them dont know about it .. have plenty of time to explain that it is issued by uscis which is a gov agency ..

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          • #6
            Are yu sure ur opt card would hv arrive by then?

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            • #7
              Just valid i20 and visa is ok ... U don't need anything else ... When they ask at the immigration counter 'purpose of visit' just say 'student' that's it ....

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              • #8
                Q1 no problem ..
                Q2 currently it is around 50-70 days .. 90 days is max time allowed by law to take a decision by uscis ..

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                • #9
                  1. with all the details you provided you are fine to go...
                  2. normal duration for OPT card processing is 90 days. But it also depends the center you submit it to. For me I received it in 47 days from Texas center...

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                  • #10
                    You should be good to go. In the worst case if you dont receive it by the departure date, you will have to request your International advisor to fedex it to you in India along with the 'OPT approved' I 20.

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                    • #11
                      opt is card is essential.
                      I had travelled to India on Extented opt, I had carried everything what is mentioned above, and I did show my opt card at the immigration.please don't travel without opt card

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                      • #12
                        Check OPT Travel Suggestions post- http://desiopt.com/.../21-OPT-Travel-Suggestions...

                        OPT Travel Suggestions - Blogs - DesiOPT OPT/CPT Forums
                        desiopt.com
                        OPT Travel Suggestions DesiOPTForumAdmin

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                        • #13
                          What can be done?

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                          • #14
                            Ok. My state ID is suppose to arrive by next week hopefully before my trip. My passport doesn't have a visa. I just have valid 1-20, would that be a problem

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                            • #15
                              are you sure? Lots of mixed reviews online

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