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Hello Ajay,
I changed my status from H-4 to F-1 a year ago. I received my EAD and Advanced parole in my I-485 process. I know that I can work with EAD but I am planning for CPT and later for OPT to be able to get all the respective benefits. I have 2 questions regarding this:
1) If I apply for CPT or OPT will this affect my green card process in anyway?
2) If I get CPT or OPT will I be able to travel outside of US since I have my advanced parole issued?

Thank you in advance

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Hi,

Applying for CPT or OPT will not adversely effect the I-485 process, nor will you forfeit any applicable EAD/AP benefits in the future based on pending adjustment of status (I-485) application.

You should not travel outside the U.S. until you have been issued advance parole. There should be no problem in entering the U.S. on advance parole. General information about advance parole is here: http://www.h1b1.com/parole.htm

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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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