ajayksr Posted August 3, 2011 Report Share Posted August 3, 2011 Hi, I am a PhD student in Pharmacology and I have been on F1 for > 4 years. I am 35+ yrs old and my visa expires in Nov 2011. My I-20 expires in May 2015. I am planning to graduate either this December 2011 or May 2012. My sister is a US citizen and she sponsored GC for my parents in 2010 (it took only ~ 6 month in processing, Nashville, TN) and it was approved in the same year. Can my sister sponsor GC for me too while I am on F-1 or OPT? I have not applied for jobs yet. If she sponsors my GC and I apply for I-485, would I be able to work on OPT, J1 or H1? or any other way? Since, my sister is citizen and parents are permanent residents, I am afraid if I would be able to prove myself eligible for any non-immigrant- visa (specially for H1) category. What is the right way to proceed from here? Shall I obtain F1 extension and then head for GC processing? Or finish graduation and go for OPT or J1 and then process GC? Do I have to get J1 stamped in India if I visit India? Thanks.... Link to comment
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