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  • Getting Married - Is it safe to travel before or After OPT?

    Hi my friend graduates in this may. And she would like to travel to india for her marriage. Can she travel to india by applying opt or she have to get the opt prior to travel ? Please give me response


    This was posted on https://www.facebook.com/desiopt1 on February 8th 2013

  • #2
    Congrats and Happy Married life

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    • #3
      yes u can go n come..

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      • #4
        if going on OPT ..u shd atleast have 6 months remaining..and make sure ur Visa is not expiring..i just went on OPT n came back ..it was all smooth

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        • #5
          You good to travel.. Congrats.. Even I did the same

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          • #6
            You Just need an I-20 with traveling sign

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            • #7
              She can travel to India but has to get back before her graduation. After grad, she has to wait for the OPT card to arrive before travelling. Also please note, an OPT is not an entry card, for re entry you will need a valid document from your employer confirming your employment along with an updated i-20

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              • #8
                Please review http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f2.htm#_Toc81222041

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                • #9
                  Option 1 - Travel before graduation and be here for graduation Option 2 - Get OPT get a job and please work at least for a month before travel . Please carry your documents including the current employment

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                  • #10
                    You can travel provided the OPT card does not show up before you return. Keep your documents and if possible a letter from somebody (adviser) saying that you are working for him, just in case. No doubt, there is lots of risk involved in this option

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                    • #11
                      So Kashif Sultan is it your view that "u shd atleast have 6 months remaining" of OPT or dat its mentioned somewhere.... Anyone clarify this......

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                      • #12
                        What if the visa is expiring within a month? Is it still safe to go and come back before the visa expires?

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                        • #13
                          hey..i think she need to have a valid visa for travelling during OPT...

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                          • #14
                            Readers thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts. Satish, if you need advice directly from the attorney, please attend our telephonic immigration session on Feb 23rd, details on facebook wall

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                            • #15
                              Hiii, I am Karthik..I am currently in OPT extension (I have this Extension card which expires in December 2013). My question is i was staying out of USA, in my home country from 2 and half months (from Dec 1st and returning to USA on February 20th)...would that cause any problem for my return...I have got updated I-20 with travel signature, My visa is valid till 2014 and i have got the employer letter as well...so what else do i need...I hope i wouldnt have any problems...Also, is there any maximum duration we can stay out of USA during OPT...Awaiting for your response

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