It depends. Generally, OPT holders have a 60-day grace period after their EAD expires. During this time, they can stay in the US, and they can file an application to change to another immigration status. If on the day your H1B application is filed you are: 1) still in the US, 2) still within your grace period, and 3) your employer requests a change of status for you (as opposed to consular processing), then you can likely stay in the US while your application is pending. If any of these three factors is absent, [Read more…]
Yes, you can, as long as you do so while on Optional Practical Training (OPT) approved by your school. While you’re in F-1 status, there are two ways that you can work in off-campus jobs: OPT and CPT. (If you don’t know what these are, check out my post from last week.) OPT is the only student work authorization [Read more…]
As a foundation for next week’s post about founding a startup while on F-1 status, this week I’d like to begin with an explanation of the various ways that F-1 students can work.
1. On-Campus Employment: An F-1 student can work on campus or at an off-campus location affiliated with the school without special authorization. This includes things like [Read more…]