I am a student currently on F1. I am about to apply for OPT with start date as 4 months from now (July 2013) . I also have a full-time offer from an employer who wants to file my H1B in the current cap in this week.
I would like to know:
1. Can I file for both OPT and H1B at the same time?
2. Since both applications might reach USCIS around same time, does it negatively affect my OPT?
3. In case H1B is approved before OPT, can it be the case that the OPT approval will face problems.?
Please advise. It is really urgent as I need to take a decision at the earliest.
You can but that process may have unintended circumstances. A nonimmigrant can hold multiple visa stamps in his or her passport and use those in accordance with the purpose of a particular trip. A nonimmigrant can only be in one status at the time.
A nonimmigrant cannot change status unless the status from which the change is sought is valid on the day when the change of status application is filed. Traveling outside of the country while COS application is pending, renders the COS application abandoned.
The last action rule applies unless additional H1B employment is claimed instead of change of status. This is why it is always dangerous to file multiple petitions at the same time.
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