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  • Travelling to India for my wedding, Is it safe to travel with pending OPT ?

    I am a masters student at the ohio state university. I have applied for my OPT to USCIS which is on their file from May 8th. My program completion date (i-20 expiration) is May 5th. I am planning to travel to india (my wedding) on may 22nd. Is it safe for me to travel while my OPT is pending. I have arranged for my EAD card to be delivered to my home at India so that I will have it while re-entry. Does this work or will my departure from US affect my OPT application ?

    This was posted on https://www.facebook.com/desiopt1 on May 20th 2013

  • #2
    Go ahead. I did the same. Got OPT card back delivered back home and had no problem getting back to US.

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    • #3
      how long did it take for ur processing ?

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      • #4
        I would suggest Do Not Leave US without getting your OPT EAD card and offer letter in your hand otherwise any of missing document will create a problem to re-enter in US.

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        • #5
          not going to happen.. the moment you quit US.. your status ends... you can never enter US with F1 status again!!!

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          • #6
            I guess it won't affect their decision on OPT .. There might be a chance of getting RFE for any reason . So better not to leave without approval..

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            • #7
              cant I handle the RFE from india by ny chance ?

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              • #8
                yup.. But the process will take some time and we dont know the exact time frame....So under any circumstances if you want to be on safe side consider all possibilities..

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                • #9
                  I suggest not to leave US with out approved OPT cuz offer letter alone isn't enough to re-enter ..Hopefully your OPT get approved before your the country ..!!!

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                  • #10
                    ya i have arranged for it to be delivered to me, so that i ll have it wid me while re-entry.. but my question was if my departure from US affects the OPT application

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                    • #11
                      Don't do it...you will regret it. It will be even worse when you have to turn back with ur spouse. The risk isnt worth it

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                      • #12
                        I do have the offer letter , but my question was if my departure from US abandon my OPT application which is pending...

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                        • #13
                          On which stage your OPT application has reached?

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                          • #14
                            it is in "initial review"

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                            • #15
                              along with u r OPT card u need a valid employer... to reenter into US...

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