I started working on F1 OPT and my H1B was picked and approved in consular processing this year September. But I still haven't received the approval notice.
Meanwhile, SEVIS portal updated the records automatically to mark my OPT as inactive, which is an error since my H1 petition is not under change of status.
I contacted the attorneys who in turn asked me to contact school DSO to reinstate my F1 since this was a SEVIS data error. Now the problem is that DSO asked for H1 approval notice to reinstate F1 and I don't have it. Apparently that is required by SEVIS analysts to correct their mistake. The only document I have is the case petition file that clearly states my petition was consular but DSO or SEVIS is not budging to use it.
Tha attorneys have placed another service request with USCIS for copy of the notice to be sent but they have mentioned that it may take up to 90 days to receive any response.
And my OPT expires in Feb 2020. Now I am in a situation that I can't apply for OPT extension since my F1 is voided. Neither do I have the H1 notice to reinstate my F1 status, nor can I travel for any visa stamping ( or anything else for that matter) since I am in a limbo. The only good news being my OPT work authorization was valid as per my employer. So I can work until my OPT expires, but god knows aftertee that.
This clusterfuck with attorneys, school, SEVIS, and USCIS has been going on for a month with no resolution.
Wanted to if anyone has ever been in such a situation. If yes, what other steps did you take to get it resolved? Would appreciate any help or advice. Thanks.
- Amazon VJtQ62My friend had a similar case and he had to leave the country till he receives H1 status.
- It looks like a mess, hope everything will be okay for you. Thanks my wife so I don't go through things like these.
- FUJIFILM / Eng bug_genCan't your attorneys re-file and request change of status instead of consular processing ? I went through this https://www.murthy.com/2018/02/01/filing-a-nunc-pro-tunc-request-to-reinstate-status-in-the-u-s/
- Discover Financial Services qwerty-/:Do you have any proof that h1 was approved? Can you use that proof to reinstate your f1