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  • OPT STEM Extension issues

    Hey all,

    I am on OPT right now which will expire on June 30th 2014. I had applied for the extension on 21st April 2014 to the Texas centre and am awaiting their reply. I have a few questions:
    1. Any idea how long the Texas centre is taking to process an application this year?
    2. What happens if i do not receive the extension before my OPT expires? Can i still work or I would have to quit my job?
    3. I have read about the 60 day grace period will i be allowed to work in that period or not?

    Thank you so much for all the help this forum is providing.

  • #2
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    • #3
      Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (May 17th)


      • #4
        Yes you have 60 or 90 (not sure but its between this) gap that you can continue working. You should be able to produce your new I-20 and OPT application receipt. Just for your info, I have applied for Extension on 28th March 2014. And my OPT is expiring on 15th July 2014. Lets hope for quick response. Good Luck.


        • #5
          You can work upto 180 days when your STEM extension is in process.


          • #6
            Even I have applied 27th of March 14. My OPT is expiring July 12th. Still it is in Initial review.


            • #7
              1. Anywhere between 45 days -90 days
              2. You can work normally
              3. 180 days