F1 Renew on STEM OPT

Uber / Eng nutnutella
Dec 21, 2017 10 Comments

Do people get denied when they try to renew F1 visa while on STEM OPT? My EAD is valid till 2019 but F1 expired this year.

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  • Apple GuerreroSt
    It’s risky because unlike H-1B, F-1 is strictly nonimmigrant. You should be able to justify your future plans post OPT; the burden of proof lies on you.

    Here’s a workaround: if your STEM OPT is from a bachelors’ degree, you can perhaps say you plan to go to grad school for an MS after your OPT expires. This is a more believable answer compared to “I plan to leave my $175K job and come back home to get paid less”.
    Dec 21, 2017 0
  • Uber / Eng Grafdan
    I got my extension everybody! Just a huge backlog this time of year probably. It took three weeks.
    Jan 7, 2018 3
    • Apple Deported
      How did the interview go, how did you handle questions about future plans?
      Jan 7, 2018
    • Applied Material gjt2490
      Hi Grafdan, I'm facing the same issue right now: F1 renewal on STEM OPT Extension. But when I came back home to renew it, I was given a reject. Am going to reappear for the visa interview again. Could you please give me some insight on what to expect and what are the do's and dont's . Please advice
      Jan 17, 2018
    • Applied Material gjt2490
      My OPT Extension ends in Dec 2018
      Jan 17, 2018
  • Monsanto gmur$$
    I would recommend traveling only after you get H1B. F1 renewal on OPT is very uncertain.
    Dec 21, 2017 3
    • SAP sempre
      You mean the F1 STEM extension? Why is that uncertain? Due to the current climate?
      Dec 29, 2017
    • Monsanto barryo
      Read GuerreroSt’s answer above ^
      Dec 31, 2017
    • SAP sempre
      Thanks!
      Jan 1, 2018
  • Amazon Promise()
    There is always a risk of denial. The safest option is to not exit the country until you get an H1B
    Dec 21, 2017 0