I came to the U.S. in 2007 on J-1 visa as an exchange student to American hight school. The J-1 visa on my passport says that I have to stay in my home country for 2 years (212-e).
Directly after finishing my exchange year (June 2008), I went to my home country for three months to get F-1 visa, which I did (in September 2008). I finished college last May and currently I am on OPT, which is extendable up to 29 months. My biggest concern at the moment is, can I get H1-B visa or do I have to stay in my home country for two years, which I don't want to.
I checked on this and you can only get an H-1B by obtaining a visa outside the U.S., not a change of status. With the time that you have on OPT, I would suggest that you obtain a waiver now so that you have more flexibility in the future to change status or adjust your status to permanent residence.
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