Traveling on F1 STEM OPT while PERM labor certification is pending?


aks1993

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I need to travel to my home country. I am on F1 visa (STEM OPT) and my employer applied for PERM a month ago and it is still pending. Since F1 is a single intent visa, is it safe to travel on this status while PERM is filed? I do have a valid EAD and have signed I-20 from university.

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Provided that the F-1 visa holder is compliant with F-1 travel requirements (i.e., valid F-1 visa stamp, valid I-20 travel signature, valid and unexpired passport, etc.), it is ok to travel during the PERM process and the PERM application should not be affected.  

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