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Hey...
I'm an international student in U.S from India. I came here in AuG 2008 and have never visited India yet. I'm planning to go to India in Feb 2011 and I want to know can Immigration authorities create any kind of problem while returning back to U.S. (i will be landing back at Chicago Airport) as I heard from here and there about second screening and I also heard that they sent back some students.... My I-20 form is valid till May 2012.. I'm scared about it and I really need your help..
Thanks !
Singh

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Hi,

As long as you have maintained your student status by being a full-time student, and as long as you do not have an intention to permanently immigrate to the U.S. (for example, an immigrant petition has not been filed for you), it should be OK. You should let the DSO (also known as international student advisor) at your university about your travel plans and verify whether your I-20's need to be updated, and you should also carry evidence that you have been a full-time student such as transcript and perhaps letter or other evidence from registrar that you have committed to classes for the following semester, if applicable.

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Ajay K. Arora

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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