Job Offer & Still no OPT - What to do.


nyucu2011

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Hello,

I just got a job offer to start working on Feb 2nd, 2015 and I don't have my OPT approval yet. I am also not in the US currently, but I will arrive early Jan. 19th. I plan on filing for my OPT as soon as possible (aka that same day), but I realize it is extremely unlikely that it will be approved by my scheduled start date (I can potentially push it back a few weeks Ex: Feb 15th, but it is still not enough). 

I was wondering what my options where:

1) Can I start working for no pay (not even for future pay)? The position I am filing is a part-time internship that is generally paid, but could this be circumnavigated by creating a new position?
2) If the work is not related to my field of study, can I volunteer for no pay? Would that make it ok?

 

Any other options??? I greatly appreciate any help!!

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nyucu2011

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Hello,

I just got a job offer to start working on Feb 2nd, 2015 and I don't have my OPT approval yet. I am also not in the US currently, but I will arrive early Jan. 19th.

 

Hmm, have you graduated?

If you have, and you don't have OPT, you can not enter the US on the F1 visa.

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