Hi, I am an F1 student, about to graduate. My visa expires in a few months. I have been looking at my options for staying in the US.
I am interested in OPT, but am concerned that I may struggle to find a job in this economy and in my field (geology).
My partner (a US citizen) and I are planning on marrying, but have no date set. If we marry, what happens with my visa? Do I need to go home (UK) and apply for a new one? Or am I automatically allowed to stay in the US - if so, what is my status? Is it best to marry before my F1 expires, or can we do it after, during the grace period?
And finally, what do we have to do?! (i.e. sending in forms, etc).
Any advice would be appreciated!