You express a valid concern for your future thinking of a possible plan of action in case of a denial. Please consider bringing the entire file with all communications and corrections to a practicing immigration attorney for an appropriate legal assessment.
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Worst case and your OPT is denied you will fall out of status, but you will not collect unlawful presence (F-1 and J-1 student visa holders do not collect unlawful status unless they are given a formal finding from USCIS or an Immigration Judge). This means that your employer can still file the H-1B in April, but you may not be able to work for them until the H-1B becomes valid on October 1, 2013. You will also need to leave the country and go through visa stamping before you can start on this date. But this is about as bad as it gets, as long as there are no other issues.
I strongly suggest finding an immigration lawyer with a strong background in H-1B petitions to guide you and your employer through the process.
Best case, your OPT will be approved and you can work on the OPT until October 1 when you will move to H-1B.
The bottom line is you need a lawyer, but it should not cost you or your employer very much. At worst some legal fees and plane ticket home for visa stamping and a plane ticket back to start on the H-1B in October.
(513) 549-4420 - Attorney Christopher M. Pogue, Esq., I cannot provide legal advice or recommendations unless you retain our law firm to represent you. No attorney/client relationship will begin until you sign a representation agreement and make a retainer payment to open a case with us.
I agree with my colleagues.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.