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.
You can get an H-1B but you will not be able to adjust status to permanent residence later on, unless and until you first obtain a waiver to your 2 year home country residence requirement .
Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known. It is your responsibility to retain a lawyer to analyze the facts specific to your particular situation in order to give you specific advice. Specific answers will require cognizance of all pertinent facts about your case. Any answers offered on Avvo are of a general nature only, and are not meant to create an attorney-client relationship.
1 found this helpful
3 lawyers agree
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.
You most likely will need a waiver.
Your employer needs to retain an experienced immigration lawyer, whether myself or one of my colleagues, to review all the facts, advise them, and handle the case.
J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice, as not all the facts are known. You should retain an attorney to review all the facts specific to your case in order to receive advise specific to your case. The statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship. Answers on Avvo can only be general ones, as specific answers would require knowledge of all the facts. As such, they may or may not apply to the question.