Hi, I got my H1B approved last year (valid from Oct 2015 - Sept. 2018). My employer was downsizing and I was laid off during the first week of November.
I was pursuing my education prior to my H1B and decided to continue the same after my H1B.
In the meanwhile, I was actively looking for a job. However, I didn't transfer my visa to F1 after my layoff and continued to try for a H1B transfer. My employer has not revoked my petition yet.
I recently graduated and its been more than 6 months now and I haven't found a job yet. I have MS and MBA degrees from the U.S. now.
I want to pursue my PhD. If I get an admission, will that help me with my situation?
I appreciate your help in advance and look forward to hearing from you.
If you are in a valid nonimmigrant status and CAP exempt, another employer could petition for you.
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You should apply for a F-1 visa at the Consulate abroad.
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Your best bet would be to apply for an F1 from abroad.
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Given that you were first admitted into H-1B status less than a year ago now, and have "activated" your H-1B status by having actually worked for the "employer", you are now "cap exempt" for the next almost 5 and a half years and another employer can petition you for another H-1B, anytime, even if you'll happen to be in another status at the time.
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