Post F1 Visa and OPT steps for non-H1B pursuer

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Dear all,

I am looking for some advice.

I am on F1 visa. I completed my studies, then I worked on OPT and STEM OPT. My STEM OPT expires in August 2024. I do not want to switch to a H1B visa, I did not apply for H1B, at least not for the current year. What should be my next step to properly exit U.S.? However, note, I would like to keep the option of returning to U.S. (in foreseeable future, say 2026-27) to work on either J1 or H1B or L1 open.

In particular, I would like to know what to do with the following:

  1. SSN
  2. Bank accounts
  3. 401Ks
  4. Taxes

Thanks in advance.





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The SSN is your's for life.

You can obviously close your bank accounts whenever you like.

401(k) is private investment, that continues.

You can file a tax return for 2024 online from anywhere in the world.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thank you @JoeF!

I have follow-up questions. I will keep my bank accounts open and say I make a personal investment account with Merrill Lynch/Robinhood or park some money in CDs/bonds. In this scenario, I would have no personal income is US but will probably have realized gains/losses from stocks and/or interest from stocks/bonds/CDs. How would future taxes - in years 2025, 2026... - work? Note, I can provide a legal physical address in the United States for this period, just that I won't be physically present in the US for these years nor will I keep an active visa. Are there any legalities that prevent me from going down this path?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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