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    Maintaining Status While H-1B Petition is Pending

    Hello! I work in a higher-ed institution and my employing department applied for a H1B visa. I have received an RFE on 12/22/17. My OPT expires on 1/15/18. I have my advanced degrees from the same institution I work for. The RFE is citied on the basis of "speciality occupation". Do I still have time to slip back into F1 status by enrolling to another program? I graduated from a non-STEM program on 12/16/16 and started my OPT on 01/16/17. The fall semester beings only on 8/29. In which case, 60 days after my OPT expires will be 3/17 and 5 months from that day will land me on 8/17. What will be my status between 8/17 and 8/29? In case I am able to get an I-20 for the Spring Semester (starting 01/08/2018), but don't enroll for classes, can I defer it to Fall 2018 and still be considered in status? Can my employer change the SOC code at this time? Thank you
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    RFE on Status and Specific Specialty

    I received an RFE two days ago and the document highlights two issues - 1. Evidence pertaining to beneficiary's status 2. Evidence pertaining to completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in a specific specialty For issue 1. I was advised to update my Sevis record and also produce pay stubs. Issue two seems to be a challenge. I have two masters degree from the US and I work for a Higher Ed Institution (non-profit). My line of work blends between two SoC codes and for whatever reason one code was picked over the other. I am in the process of framing my response and seeking suggestions, advice, samples of replies and other possible leads from people who are / have been in a similar situation. My OPT ends in two weeks and I need to do something before that.