I'm an F-1 student currently employed on a basis of OPT that's about to expire on 08/09/2018. I'm getting married to a U.S. citizen on 10/21/2018 and will be applying for a green card immediately then. There is only a small gap of a couple of months between when my OPT expires and us getting married, and I'd really like to keep working as long as possible to support myself. I'm a contract employee, and my contract agency is not sponsoring visas. Do I have any other options to keep working or do I have to just cease working as soon as my expiration date approaches and apply for a new permit with my Green Card application? Thank you so much!
The only way to work lawfully is if you can extend the OPT somehow. Once you file the marriage based case, you are still about 5 months away from obtaining your new EAD.
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Sorry, the only way to 'slightly' avoid a period of unemployment is to get married and file papers TODAY.
Many people run to the court house for marriage ... doing a 'fancy' wedding later on for the family.
With that said, since it is taking 4-5 months for the EAD to be issued. Even if you filed on the first of August, you probably won't have a permit before December/January.
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