Immigration Issues/F1 - J1 - H1b

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I am presently temping on my OPT wich will expire 7/30/06. The new H1b would come out for Oct. 1st and all employers I am talking to can not accept the fact that I would not be eligible to work for two months (august and september). Is there any legal way to obtain a work permit for these two months? Am I eligible for a J1 (18 months) visa after using my OPT completely? In this case I could go for the H1b in 2007.

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Hi Lena,

Although you cannot legally be employed for those two months, you may be able to "volunteer" your time.

J-1 is possible only if the sponsor is eligible to issue Form DS-2019: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1267.html

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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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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