What should I do if I am approaching 90 days of unemployment in OPT?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Josh Thomas



What should I do if I am approaching 90 days of unemployment in OPT?

Unfortunately, there are no loopholes that can help you if you can't find a job in the time left. The rules are pretty straightforward.

Once you have served 90 days of unemployment, you will be out of valid F1 status.

The USCIS or ISSO at your school counts your days of unemployment when you provide them with information. If you've been honest all this time, as to when you were employed and when you were not. They know you're out of status.

And taking any job after that would be wrong and they'll figure it out. Sooner or later. Maybe when you apply for the STEM extension or

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Unfortunately, there are no loopholes that can help you if you can't find a job in the time left. The rules are pretty straightforward.

Once you have served 90 days of unemployment, you will be out of valid F1 status.

The USCIS or ISSO at your school counts your days of unemployment when you provide them with information. If you've been honest all this time, as to when you were employed and when you were not. They know you're out of status.

And taking any job after that would be wrong and they'll figure it out. Sooner or later. Maybe when applying for a STEM extension or an H1B.

You will have 60 days or less to legally depart after your 90 days have elapsed.

In the meantime, keep applying aggressively. Keep your head up, keep a positive attitude.

If you are really determined to stay in the United States, start formulating a plan B. That is, think about rejoining the school to get a degree at a higher level than you are today. You qualify for another 12 months of OPT after that.

Hope that helps, good luck.

Try joining a consulting firm or staffing agency to defuse the situation.

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