What happens if I got denied on asylum while on OPT?

Asked about 2 years ago - Irving, TX

I am an international student (F1). I am on my OPT and planning to apply for an asylum.
And I am very confused and curious if I got denied what would the consequences be?
I heard if you got denied while on OPT you cannot go back to F1 status. is it true ?
I would appreciate your help.

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    Answered . If you are in F1 status and you apply for asylum and are denied while still in status, you can continue to be a student. However, if you are out of F1 status before you receive a decision on your asylum application and are denied, you could run into problems in the future. Just make sure that you maintain your F1 status while you are in the US.

    That being said, asylum cases are very difficult to win. I don't know what country you are from, but you should consult an immigration attorney who can advise you whether you have a good case before you apply.

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    Answered . Ms. Gasson is correct ... as long as you obey the F-1/OPT visa rules 100% (that means working at 'related' job) ... you will remain in F-1 status, should they deny your application.

    You would be wise ... VERY WISE ... to meet with an immigration lawyer to discuss the 'strength' of your case. At best, 1 out of 20 people that I talk to have a really-strong case.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It... more
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    Answered . I would never recommend that someone files an asylum application without the assistance of an immigration lawyer. Those applications are very difficult to win and there are harsh consequences for the applicant if the application is found to have been frivolous. Honestly, applying for asylum is akin to trying to perform surgery on yourself. It's a really bad idea. If you are denied while you are still on F-1 status, you will not have to leave the country. However, if you are denied after your F-1 status has expired, ICE (US Immigration & Customs Enforcement) will immediately initiate Removal proceedings.

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