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Hi Mr.Ajay K. Arora,

I am in H-1B status (extended once, but never gone out of US after my bachelor's) and it's expiring September 2011.  Right now, I'm a part-time student in a graduate school studying accounting.  I was planning to change my status to F1 after my H-1B expires.  

However, I was told in order to apply for another OPT/H-1B after master's, I have to go out of US for a year and then I can be qualified.  Is this true?  Even if I change my status to F1, I can't get OPT/H-1B after my master's?

Hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you.

best regards,
YJ

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Hi,

You will obtain new OPT after graduating from master's course of study. However, as a general rule there is an aggregate of six years allowed in H1B status. If you want another six-year eligibility in H1B status, you would need to depart the U.S. for one year.

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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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