Employment Authorization query - On STEM OPT, Unemployment period ending soon, How can I remain in-status?

Asked over 1 year ago - Quincy, MA

I am currently on STEM extension Employment Authorization. I recently lost my job and have till July 31st to find another job (120 days unemployment allowed). If I don't get a job by then:
Q1. What can I do to remain in-status? (eg. get a tourist, J-1 visa etc)
Q2. When is the last date I can apply?
Q3. Is there a grace period if by July end I don't already have a new visa but have already applied for a new one?
Q4. Can I keep looking for jobs after July 31?
Other info:
(1) My F-1 visa has expired but I have maintained status because of my I-20 and EAD (STEM OPT) card which has end date of June 2014.
(2) I have an advanced degree (PhD, Biomedical Engineering)
(3) I am unmarried, no dependents
(4) My fiancee has a green card (Will use this route as last resort)

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  1. Anu Gupta

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    Answered . Depends on what you plan to do once your EAD ends. If you are looking for a job, you need to look for a non for profit or a university position so you can file for a quota exempt H1, or otherwise qualify for a J1. Yes you can apply to change status to a tourist visa before your current status expires.

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  2. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . 1. Change status or go back to school.
    2. Before you reach the maximum allowed period of unemployment.
    3. No
    4. Sure, but you will not be able to work.

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

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

    Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be... more

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