I have just got my OPT EAD card on July 7 th and I am in my opt since then. Now I want to apply for TPS so that I can work anywhere I want, Which is not possible by my OPT EAD . So now do I need to choose between the TPS EAD and opt EAD or I can have both and can work Anywhere ? Or is it possible that I apply for TPS only and can work anywhere by opt EAD ?
Your employment anywhere you want might violate the ICE guidance on maintaining F and TPS statutes contemporaneously. You need to know these things before you proceed.
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Here's the problem: If you use a TPS-based EAD and work outside of the field described on your I-20, you will violate your F and can't go back to it when TPS ends.
Talk to an attorney about the wisdom of filing for TPS ... it doesn't always make sense for some people.
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You have to reach a decision :
1. Obtain the TPS EAD which provides you with the liberty to choose a job position outside your field and place the F-1 in jeopardy or
2. Stay with the F-1 OPT and work in your field only.
If you work on TPS EAD outside of the parameters of your OPT, or as you say, anywhere, you will be in violation of, and will lose, your F status.
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