This page provides all the information related to F1 and Optional Practical Training.

Suspend Optional Practical Training (OPT) Work Permit Proposal

Imagine how would it be if there would be no work permit as soon as you graduate from your masters or Ph.D from a U.S. Grad School. This would be a huge loss to many non-immigrants. Optional Practical Training is an immigration benefit that allows foreign students graduating...Read More »

University Visa Fraud - UNVA No Longer Operational

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has an update for the University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) F-1 students, that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) withdrew UNVA’s approval for attendance of nonimmigrant students as of October 1st, 2013. Any F-1 students holding a SEVIS record from...Read More »

STEM OPT 17-Month Extension - Thesis Option


OPT (Optional Practical Training) is a 12-month period offered to all the F-1 students after graduation to work in the United States. The STEM students take the advantage of a 17-month Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension and continue to work before applying for H-1B Visa....Read More »

What CIR Bill means for F-1 students and H-1B Candidates?


As you may know, the Senate recently introduced their Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.  The Senate’s CIR Bill contains various changes and additions to the existing immigration regulations and I will be bringing you information on specific parts in these postings:

Dual- Intent for F-1...Read More »

F-1/OPT Visa Students Undergo Secondary Inspection at Port of Entry

F1/OPT Visa Holders are reportedly undergoing secondary inspection at all ports of entry. The secondary inspection process looks like an interim policy called for by the Department of Homeland Security. This Policy has been enforced to impose a thorough check on the student’s status, for those...Read More »

Travel out of United States - OPT / CAP-GAP SCENARIOS

This is the time during which most of the F-1 visa holders who applied for H-1B would be entering into cap-gap extension period, due to the fact that their F-1 visa status and work authorization have or will be expired.  CAP-GAP is...Read More »


H-1B Visa applications for 2014 are accepted by the USCIS from the 1st of April. There is a 65,000 cap imposed on H-1B annual limit and an additional 20,000 H-1B visas are assigned specially for master’s degree quota. While you are in the United States on an...Read More »

OPT Student Deported - Chicago Port of Entry

An Immigrant who finished his/her masters and working for an employer on OPT, going to India for a vacation, spending a fun-filled time with parents and friends, and then returning back to the United States. This seems to be a very common scenario, but these...Read More »

Bonds With Consulting Firms - What to Avoid?

We recently received the following email from an H1B Wiki visitor:

My husband got his H-1b this year and has valid visa from Oct 2013- oct2015 , through a consultancy . But He is not getting any calls for interview . Can you help us...Read More »

Walk Through - H1B Sponsor Search Application

We don`t sponsor H1B visas.

We are unable to sponsor H1B visas at this time for this specific position

***US Citizens and Green Card holders only.  There is no sponsorship for this position.

Must be US citizen or have active green card to apply.

Does the above lines sound...Read More »

STEM Graduate didn’t receive OPT Extension – Case Study

OPT (Optional Practical Training) is the 12 month period given to a graduate, by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to work for at most one full year on F-1 student visa. Once the OPT period is complete,...Read More »

OPT Extension and Employer not e-verified? What are the options?

Most of you would like to fully utilize the OPT extension period if you have, while working in the United States since it gives additional benefits like obtaining more tax returns, transferring employer easily, etc.

It is important to know two things:

H1-B Cap Reached and OPT Expiring – What are the options?

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) accepts H1-B Visa Petitions starting April 1st of every year. 65,000 visas are approved every year in the general category and 20,000 for advanced degree exemption category. There is no end date or deadline to file H1-B petitions....Read More »