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Thread: Traveling while in OPT status ?

  1. #1
    Guest
    Hi I'm a student from Japan currently under OPT (haven't found a job yet). Am I allow to leave and enter US while I'm in OPT ? Will they block my re-entry at the airport bcoz I graduated and don't have a job ?

  2. #2
    Guest
    Hi I'm a student from Japan currently under OPT (haven't found a job yet). Am I allow to leave and enter US while I'm in OPT ? Will they block my re-entry at the airport bcoz I graduated and don't have a job ?

  3. #3
    Guest
    Aiko, you can leave the U.S. and come back here to do your optional practical training AS LONG AS you have a valid student visa because OPT is usually done under the student visa. So, if your student visa is expiring soon, make sure that you will get a new one while you are in Japan. Good luck finding a job!

  4. #4
    Guest
    Thanks, Kayo. What about my I-20 ? It expired since I graduated. Do I need it to travel ?

  5. #5
    Guest
    OPT is not valid for re-entry. Since your I-20 already expired, I don't think you can enter on a F1 status either.

  6. #6
    Guest
    So can I travel with OPT then ? What is the truth ? One said I can, the other said I can't !
    Plz help, I'm a little Japanese girl who miss her home very much !!

  7. #7
    Guest
    Aiko,
    I think what I'm have the same line of thinking with Kayo, just worded differently.

    If your I-20 is already expired, you can't get a new student visa from the US embassy in Japan. If you don't have student visa, you can't enter the US just by having an OPT. I think Kayo is under the presumption you still have a valid I-20 to get a new student visa in Japan.

    Now, if your still have a valid F1 visa, but your I-20 is already expired, I don't know whether the POE will let you in, since technically your F1 is tied to the I-20. I'll suggest to double check with your International Student Office and follow their recommendation.

  8. #8
    Guest
    The truth is that none ot them knows. They just say it so they can mess pleople's lives.
    I would advice you to search for the answer somewhere else. You would do yourself a big favor.

  9. #9
    Guest
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  10. #10
    Guest
    Hi Aiko,

    You need to talk to your international student advisor at your college and ask him/her to issue new I-20 form. Make sure that you do that BEFORE you leave the U.S. That way, you can avoid complication later on when you enter to the U.S. again. If you have any more questions, please feel free to e-mail me at kayo78@tampabay.rr.com

    Good luck.

    Kayo

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