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    Hello All,

    I recently got a PhD from a US university in Electrical Engineering. Now I am working for a big company under F1-OPT. My OPT expires in Mar 2015. But my F1-visa expires in Dec 2014. Now, the issue is that I am planning to visit India sometime in Jan 2015 (visa would have expired by then) and return to the US. So, I would need to get an F1-visa extension. Now, is there any reason this F1-visa extension would be denied? Is it very risky to visit India under these circumstances?

    Looking forward to the responses.

    Thank you.

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    • #3
      You should be fine. Having said that, there is always a risk with any visa application. You need a latest I 20 signature before you leave. Talk to the DSO as well.

      I hope you are working in an area related to your major.

      i'm travelling in 2 weeks, STEM OPT

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Shankar Ragi View Post
        Hello All,

        I recently got a PhD from a US university in Electrical Engineering. Now I am working for a big company under F1-OPT. My OPT expires in Mar 2015. But my F1-visa expires in Dec 2014. Now, the issue is that I am planning to visit India sometime in Jan 2015 (visa would have expired by then) and return to the US. So, I would need to get an F1-visa extension. Now, is there any reason this F1-visa extension would be denied? Is it very risky to visit India under these circumstances?

        Looking forward to the responses.

        Thank you.
        Yes, it’s riskier to apply for a new F-1 visa during OPT than during your period of study. It’s harder to establish that you don’t have immigrant intent and will return to your home country after completion of the OPT than it is while you are actually studying. This is also dependent on which country you are from and where you will be attending the interview. The fact that you only have 2 months remaining on the OPT is also a factor that a consular officer may consider. You should speak with your advisor before you travel to see what his or her opinion is. Remember to have your I-20 re-certified and have a letter from your employer if you plan to go. It may also be a good idea to look into getting your visa stamped in Canada.

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        • #5
          Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (Oct 3rd)

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          • #6
            It is very risky to travel without a VISA and the chances of getting restamped are very low on OPT because we are here to study not work.. Only way is to give up OPT and re-enter US with a new i20 and start studying again if you get stamped for the new masters..

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            • #7
              1 check interview wavier program in indian consulate .. I read it long ago dont remember exact text of it .. If u did not change school i guess u can renew u r visa with out interview .. Note :-This info may not be accurate and currently i am very busy i can not validate it
              2 yes there is always risk involved in stamping

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