Hi my name is Ali and i finished with my masters a month ago. Instead of the usual 5 years F1 visa which is given to international students i was just given a F1 visa valid only for the exact course of my duration i.e 18 months. I applied for OPT which was approved till next year august 2nd and am currently working for a company. I want to visit my home country as i am getting married next year in MAY for which i need to re-apply for F1 visa as i cannot re-enter the US on an expired visa. However many of my friends and colleagues are advising against it cause they are sure it will be rejected as the visa officer may see me as a potential immigrant. I plan to apply in CANADA as apparently the acceptance rates are high there. I cannot avoid this trip. What do i do?
Going to Canada doesn't satisfy the US government's requirement that you demonstrate non-immigrant intent.
What do you plan to do after marriage? Go back home ... or bring her to the US?
You should talk in private to an experienced immigration attorney and stop listening to friends and colleagues ... they are the worst source of information regarding immigration law & procedure.
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I would have to have more information but from what you info you provided, it sounds risky to me
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If you need to travel abroad, then yes.
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