Applying for both OPT Extension and H1B at same time.

Asked over 1 year ago - San Jose, CA


My current OPT is expiring on May, currently working as a full time employee and my Employer is sponsoring my H1B this year.

My question is,

1. Is it advisable to apply for OPT-Extension, to be on a safer side.

2. Will it affect any of my request (H1B or OPT-Extension)

3. I heard somewhere, that if you process your H1B and OPT extension both at same time, chances of rejecting your H1B are high, I quite disagree with that.

Please advice on these issues. It'll be a great help.

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Tripti Sharad Sharma


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . If you are eligible to apply for OPT, I recommend it. Filing for H-1B alongside seeking change of status from Oct 1 will not necessarily result in a denial.

    This response is general in nature and cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known.... more
  2. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . They do not affect each other.

    You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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