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Hello,
I am currently working in US using my OPT.  My current employer wants to hire me for a longer period, but from the moment that my OPT expires (08/31/06) and the H-1B Visa (advance degree exemption) are available (10/01/06) there is a month gap.  My employer is hesitating about hiring me because of this month gap.  Can I extend my current OPT so I am able to work in September until I change my status?  What other options do I have?
Thanks for the advice,
Gonzalo

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Hi Gonzalo,

You cannot extend OPT beyond the one-year maximum.

Perhaps you can convince your employer that you are a dedicated employee and are therefore willing to "volunteer" some time at the company during the one month absence.

There is no other option as the start date for H-1B can be no earlier than Oct. 01, 2006.

Regards,
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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