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My extended STEM OPT expires end of Jan and I did not make the H1B lottery in 2013. What are my options for an H1B in 2014?

Atlanta, GA |

Here is my situation
-Graduated with an MS in CS from the US in 2011. OPT extension ends jan 2014
-currently employed with company X
-Planning to switch companies
-My fiancé is on H1b

I have conducted some amount of research on my situation and have arrived at the following options. I would love to obtain your advice to help guide me through this
1) Should I Get on another F1 by Jan and work part time on CPT while my company (current or new) applies for my H1 in April 2014
2) Should I Get married to my Fiancé in Jan and convert to H4 till the company sponsors my H4 to H1B COS
3) Is it easier to a change from F1 to H1B or from H4?
4) Should I find an employer that has offices in my home country and US and go back home from Feb to Oct
Other options? Thanks in advance

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Attorney answers 3


1. Maybe, talk to your foreign student adviser
2. Sure, if you want
3. No difference
4. If you want

Other? Spend money on a private consultation.

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Mr. Capriotti gave you a good set of answers I agree with him completely.

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