. I currently work parttime, with a company that I dont think they should sponser me to say in the US. I dont tink they should sponser me because I am still seeking oppertunity to work elsewhere somewhere more related to my field of study. I want to be able to apply for an extention to the OPT to have more time to find the postion with a firm. Is there a way to get an extention? or should I seek out if my current job is interested in sponsering me ( if they sponser me will i be obligated to continue to work for them?
It is possible to get an OPT extension if your degree is listed as a STEM degree. Also, your employer must participate in e-verify. This could buy you time while you apply for an H1b through your present employer or seek employment elsewhere. If you receive an H1b, you are not absolutely obligated to work for the sponsoring company. H1b visas are portable to other employers. This would depend on the type of job you would be doing at the subsequent employer.
You need to contact an attorney, and if necessary, pay the consultation fee to receive a competent analysis of the specific facts in your case. Failure to do so, and to act in a timely manner on your case, could give you immigration nightmares. Good luck to you.
There atre two ways to be eligible to have your OPT extended. First, you might be eligible to have your OPT extended if the degree you just earned is on the STEM list found at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/stemlist.htm. Alternatively, if an employer files a petition for an H-1B for you with a start date of October 1st, then you might be eligible to apply for an extension of your OPT up to October 1st as a cap-gap until your H-1B starts.
You should consult with an immigration law attorney to review your options as a failure on the part of you or your current or potential employer could result in you finding yourself out of status or without employment authorization.
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