Dear Sophie: What are my F-1 and other immigration options after graduation?

Dear Sophie: What are my F-1 and other immigration options after graduation?

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Dear Sophie: I’m graduating this fall with a Bachelor’s diploma in molecular and cell biology. I hope to discover a option to preserve my F-1 standing to graduate. After commencement, I’m planning on making use of for OPT.  I actually need to work at a biotech startup. What choices do I’ve to stay within the U.S. after OPT ends?

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—Bright-Eyed in Berkeley

Dear Bright-Eyed,

Stay the course — you’re virtually on the end line. Even with every little thing occurring, in the event you can preserve your F-1 standing for the final semester, it’s best to nonetheless be capable to get OPT and STEM OPT and presumably a inexperienced card. As you recognize, OPT permits worldwide college students on F-1 visas to work for 12 months of their area of research after finishing no less than one tutorial 12 months of research. Like you, most college students select to attend to start OPT after commencement. Many firms are beginning to take the pledge to help worldwide college students.


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