Anyone successfully renewed F1 visa on OPT?

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Dec 28, 2017 16 Comments

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  • Facebook $$$$$$$$$$
    Yep. I told the guy in the embassy I was applying for the STEM extension and now my visa expires in 2022.
    Dec 28, 2017 4
    • Apple GuerreroSt
      Did you have to prove non-immigrant intent? Did the guy ask about your future plans at all?
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Pinterest UhmWho?
      OP
      Oh wow that’s nice. Did they ask you about non immigrant intent? That’s my only fear right now
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Facebook $$$$$$$$$$
      It didn’t come up
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Apple GuerreroSt
      Sweeeet!
      Dec 29, 2017
  • New znmd
    I did go through this...just tell the VO that you will be pursuing OPT and they wont ask further at all as OPT is a part of F1 and hence non immigrant in nature.
    Dec 28, 2017 0
  • Visa / Eng Boimkz
    What do you mean? STEM extension? New F1 for a new program?
    Dec 28, 2017 9
    • Pinterest UhmWho?
      OP
      Neither. Renewing an expired F1 visa while you are on OPT.
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Visa / Eng Boimkz
      How does that work? PhD? Generally F1 visa end dates are way after course end date
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Pinterest UhmWho?
      OP
      No it depends on your country. Mine expired right when I finished my program.
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Apple GuerreroSt
      Not necessarily. F-1 visas are typically granted 5 years for bachelors’ students, but including OPT and STEM it would be 7 years.
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Amazon Fvibubub
      Not if you’re Chinese, true for Indians. I don’t know about other countries, for Chinese folks it’s expires in 1-2 years when I went to school a few years back.
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Apple GuerreroSt
      You had a 1-2 year visa despite being in a 4-year program?

      That’s crazy.
      Dec 28, 2017
    • Amazon Fvibubub
      College gives a sponsor letter for the duration of degree, but certain countries get limited visa. Once in US they can stay even after visa expires, since the sponsor letter is for entire duration. But if they leave the country they have to get a new visa to re-enter
      Dec 29, 2017
    • Pinterest UhmWho?
      OP
      ^^ not crazy. I had 2 years each time and I’m not Chinese/ Indian.
      Dec 29, 2017
    • Apple GuerreroSt
      TIL!
      Dec 29, 2017

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