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  • Should I do OPT or wait for my marriage based interview?

    I'm currently an F-1 student. 4 months ago I got married to US citizen. Last month we applied for the marigage based green card at Chicago locaton at NCS. Our application inlcudedI-130, I-485, I-765 etc. I have my biometric appointment next week after that I am expecting to get my work authorization in 3-4 months. I am graduating in April from my school. I want to know should I apply for my OPT after completing my studies or just wait for my marriage based interview for green card? Because there will be 3-4 months gap after completing my studies and having a interview. What will be my status during those few months? Is it okay if I dont apply for my OPT and just wait for few months for my interview for the green card?

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    I am in the same boat

    Originally posted by aliabbasi88 View Post
    I'm currently an F-1 student. 4 months ago I got married to US citizen. Last month we applied for the marigage based green card at Chicago locaton at NCS. Our application inlcudedI-130, I-485, I-765 etc. I have my biometric appointment next week after that I am expecting to get my work authorization in 3-4 months. I am graduating in April from my school. I want to know should I apply for my OPT after completing my studies or just wait for my marriage based interview for green card? Because there will be 3-4 months gap after completing my studies and having a interview. What will be my status during those few months? Is it okay if I dont apply for my OPT and just wait for few months for my interview for the green card?
    Hi there

    Since you have already received finger print appointment, you will get interview call within two months. That is fine if you dont want to apply for OPT, but make sure you prepare for interview very well and get green card. If they are asking you to go to interview on particular date and time, go there without any delay. I did a huge mistake, in my case i got interview call within 2.5 month but i couldnt attend it because i was out of state.. it put me in so much of trouble which take 3-6 months more to resolve. But if you do not pass the interview then also you are fine. you will be out if status for some time but if your husband is US citizen (i dont know abt green card holders) than they will forgive you for overstay. This is all from my personal experience. Good luck

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      • #4
        Thanks for your reply.

        Are you sure I wont need OPT? because what I have heard that estimated time for green based interview is around 5-6 months. So we can say that our green card based interview will be expecting around May 2015 and I am graduating in April 2015. I have my fingerprints appointment this week. How much time it will take more to get an interview date after the fingerprints?

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        • #5
          Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (Dec 4th)

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          • #6
            If you want to work immediately after your studies , you can apply for OPT !!

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            • #7
              you are on two different tracks so getting th GC may take time to be on safer side apply for opt and get a joba and start working till you get GC

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              • #8
                I guess within 2 months of your application you should receive your EAD (Work permit and Parole) and then your interview might take another 2-3 months. However it is recommended to apply for OPT, check it out with your attorney.

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                • #9
                  Opt also takes around 3 months.. You can wait till feb- March to decide and prepare to apply if required.

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                  • #10
                    If you applied for GC then you will get Work and Travel EAD in 3 to 4 months and you can work with that.. No need to apply OPT..

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                    • #11
                      U might get gc ead first .. But if u want be on f1 u can apply for opt ead also

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