Immigration Issues/H1B next year

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Hi Ajay,

I am currently working on OPT STEM extension which will expire on July 5, 2016. My employer will file my H1B visa next year. Also, my F1 visa expires on Dec 13, 2016. In case, if my H1B visa gets denied next year, what other option I can go for in order to stay in the US and continue my employment?

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Hi,

Ideally your employer would have filed an H1B petition at the beginning of April 2015 as well in addition to having contingency plan on filing at beginning of April 2016 if necessary. Other closely related employment based categories could be applicable for citizens of Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Chile and Australia.

Hope for the best that the H1B petition is selected in the random visa cap lottery next year. If so, your OPT will be extended from July 05, 2016 until anticipated H1B status takes effect on October 01, 2016.

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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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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member 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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