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Need Urgent Input On My Opt Rfe Case

Discussion in 'OPT changes' started by nensi, Feb 5, 2016.

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  1. nensi

    nensi New Member

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    Applied for fresh post completion OPT on 3-Nov-2015.

    Received RFE on 05-Feb-2016 requesting following additional documents.

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    For master’s degree program eligibility submit:

    • Your student transcripts or other records of courses taken for graduate studies;

    • Evidence of completion for all elements of the master’s degree program in which you were

    enrolled;

    • Any transfer credits from a foreign university along with evidence of how these transfer credits meet American University Graduate Program degree equivalents.


    NOTE: You are responsible for providing evidence that best shows how you meet eligibility requirements. Evidence must show that you were eligible for employment authorization under the requested eligibility category when you filed Form I-765.

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    My series of events.

    1. Enrolled in MS on 10-Oct-2014 (Fall 2014 Sem on H4 visa -9 Credits)

    2. Applied for changes of status from H4 to F1 on Oct 2014

    3. Completed Spring 2015 Semester on H4 Visa (9 Credits)

    4. Status changed to F1 on 01-May-2015.

    5. Completed Summer 2015 semester on F1 visa (9 Credits)

    6. Enrolled in Fall 2015 semester on F1 visa (fulltime 9 credits)

    7. Applied for OPT on 3-Nov-2015.

    8. However I failed in Thesis subject on 20-Dec-2015 in Fall 2015,After I applied OPT.[/B]

    9. Enrolled for repeat in Thesis subject in Spring 2016.


    Question

    1. As per RFE, I need to submit completion of all elements of master degree program. However I do not have graduation certificate since I am repeating thesis subject.

    So what are my options?

    Option 1: Submit RFE response with transcript and DSO letter ?

    Option 2: Request DSO to withdraw OPT application if possible.

    As per my current SEVIS records program end date is 16-Dec-2016 so almost near to complete 60 days period.

    I have transcript but in thesis subject it shows F grade.
     
  2. Jed_I_Knight

    Jed_I_Knight Member

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    Just a question since the rules may have changed since my time (2005). If your thesis is pending and that is anywhere from 3 to 6 credit hours how are you applying for Post Completion OPT?

    Your best answer should by the DSO
     
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    nensi New Member

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    I have applied my post completion OPT in November and as per the best scenario i might graduate in December and OPT starts from January.
    but unfortunately I got failed in thesis subject in December. Till that time my application was already submitted to USCIS.
    Now, I got REF on my case. So what next I can do ?
     
  4. Jed_I_Knight

    Jed_I_Knight Member

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    Did you talk to your DSO? This is kind of key. How do they word the Thesis F? Is it an I? Then you dont need OPT you can opt for CPT :) Consider all options before going headfirst into it. I did my CPT with my thesis and not OPT. if you have already used up your CPT then we need to think more. :)
     

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