Immigration Issues/Missing OPT EAD Card

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Hello,

I have graduated from my university in December 2008, and I completed one year with my OPT, had applied for an stem extension and received an extension and the OPT card. I was working as a contractor, and just recently got an offer for a full time position. I was looking for my OPT card and I cant find it, and it seems that the company needs my OPT card to hire me. Now I do have an I-20 which says that I had applied for an OPT and I have been approved however, I'm not too sure, at this point what could I do, if I apply for an replacement card how long would that take?

Please advice on what paperwork I could show to prove that I can work in US, I do have a scanned copy of my newest OPT card which has other details.

Thanks & Regards,
Anish Dutta

Answer
Hi,

Please apply for replacement EAD by coordinating with the DSO (also known as international student advisor) at your university by completing Form I-765: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-765.pdf

It can take up to 3 months to be issued replacement EAD, but the DSO has the means to expedite this.

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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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