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  1. And make sure to get a travel endorsement signature on your I-20 if you leave the US
  2. Hey guys, so as unbelievable it might sound, I was able to renew my F-1 visa while being on 1-year OPT and while being outside the US for almost 9 months. Now, as you know with all this COVID-19 lockdowns going on, I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with my renewed visa ☹️ Basically, I would like to hear you recommendations/opinion on if there is any chance for me to return to the US using whatever I have now (OPT, F-1 visa and etc). My EAD expires in July. Is it technically possible to extend my OPT if I get a job offer before July? P.S. My major is in STEM field.
  3. Long story short: I WAS ABLE TO RENEW MY F-1 VISA WHILE ON OPT!!! Bad news is with all this covid-19 story going on, I don't know what I'm gonna do with it:(
  4. P.S. I have I-20 paper with me with the valid travel endorsement signature and EAD card which has not expired yet.
  5. I don't think you are right because this doesn't really apply to my case. Officially, I've been working as a volunteer for my adviser since I graduated, which counts as an employment. The only problem is I have been outside the U.S. for 8 months while "officially" working as a volunteer. I think the following point might be relevant for my case but I'm not sure: "If you travel abroad while employed either during a period of leave authorized by an employer or as part of your employment, the time spent outside the United States will not count as unemployment."
  6. Hey guys, so after 7-8 months since I left the US, I have decided to give it a try renewing my F-1 visa while my OPT is valid. So anyway, I filled the application and stuff, and deliberately put a tick on visa renewal thing, hoping that I will get away without the interview:) I know I'm silly:) Anyway, like 2-3 days later I've received an email requiring me to pick a date and come for an interview. So, anyway, now what do you guys recommend me? How do I prepare? What should I say during the interview? And what I should not say? To be honest, the only reason why I applied is because I
  7. P.S. the other problem is what if this potential employer ask me to attend an in-person interview? I'd have to have F-1 visa approved by that time so I could travel for the interview. I guess it'd be stupid to tell the officer that I'm travelling for the job interview. P.P.S. btw, will ISS give a new I-20 after I report them that I'm volunteering for my adviser? In that case, I'd have to have the new I-20 mailed to me and would have to present on visa interview? And one more thing, guys: before any of you says that I should ask ISS or seek for the advise of the professional, I AM goi
  8. Hi everyone, so I have graduated recently with Master's and left the US with my OPT application pending. Now, I'm back to my country and it's been about 3 months since I've graduated (and since the program end date mentioned on I-20). So, my EAD card has arrived to my US address and my roommate is gonna mail it to me very soon. Now, here are 2 problems: My F-1 visa has expired in the beginning of August So far, I have accrued 41 days of unemployment (out of 90) But now I'm very close to getting a job offer from some company (but it's not guaranteed yet). And to be honest I don
  9. Ahhh I was about to open the same topic and then noticed yours, please keep me updated, I'm in the same boat. I have left the US, my visa has expired and I will be having OPT being mailed to me very soon. Btw, as far as I know, you can register for volunteership (for example, for your advisor) and you'd be fine. Some international students told me that you don't even have to physically be there to fill or sign smth, just do the paperwork online and just let your advisor know.
  10. Hey guys, briefly speaking, my defense date is after I-20 expiration date and the thing is my school offers early summer deadline when I don’t have to enroll for summer and I can graduate later after Spring graduation deadline (about 3 weeks after). Now, my question is that okay? I’ve already emailed my school’s ISS but I won’t hear from them till Monday.
  11. Hey guys, so there was a conference at my university few months ago and I was presenting. So one of the companies attending the conference got interested in my work. They even wanted to have a meeting with me and my advisor and the whole team to discuss what we can do for them. So long story short, I ended up using their sample in my work. Anyway, now, the thing is I'm trying to figure out how to approach the VP of that company about the job. Like how do I ask him if they can give me a job? And I'm graduating this semester. And honestly, he praised my work a lot of times saying "really good pr
  12. Now, I need your guys advice/perspective on the worst case scenario: I have been thinking if things get wrong somewhere on the way, what are the possible options? I've actually talked to the graduate program coordinator or advisor (not sure what the exact title is, but she basically helped me a lot in the past on deciding which classes to take and stuff, almost like advising). So she told me that in the worst case scenario, probably, graduate program director would have to call a meeting with someone outside (not from my master's commitee), there would be probably meetings between me, gra
  13. Thanks for the reply! The thing is every time I told them about writing the thesis, they would be like "aah for thesis just put your papers together, you know how I wrote my thesis? I just put my papers together, the main thing is is the paper, focus on the paper". On one hand, I guess it's good for me that they think that way coz it would give me basically "permission" to almost copy-paste my paper(s) into the thesis, on the other hand, it kinda makes me worried that they don't take my thesis serious. So I guess I should not expect them to push me to write it the way they've been pushing
  14. Hi guys, I was not sure where to post this so here I am. So I've been originally admitted as PhD student and then I switched to Master's because of a number of reasons. And I was supposed to graduate last semester but I asked my advisor and supervisor to give me 1 more semester if that is possible so I could add few more things to my research and also look for jobs. They agreed and they defined some tasks for me so I finish those to graduate. Now, here I am, 1 month 10 days left till my defense date and they ask me to do some additional stuff which wasn't really planned. And I'm really co
  15. Hi guys, I apologize in advance if this has been discussed before a lot of times, but I really wanted to get some perspectives on specifically my case. So, I'm working on a conference paper and the problem is I feel like my research is not really summarized/concluded yet but my adviser pushed this, he wanted me to submit an abstract and write a paper. And now after my abstract got accepted, I have to write this paper and I have like 3 weeks (I already wrote 20-30% of it though). For me the main problem is I feel like my research (I'm doing modelling work btw) is not summarized enough and can't
  16. My concern is about arriving to the US late, after the date of the first day of classes which is Aug, 20. Can border security officers retain me because of that? Like just because I'm arriving late?
  17. Hey guys, so briefly, classes at my university start on Aug 20, I will leave the US for a month and will be coming back the US (JFK airport) on Sep 10th , should I be worried? I asked my university's ISS, they pretty much said they're not sure. As far as I understand, there is no official clear policy on late arrival. I just don't want to change my tickets because the soonest date is Aug 18, which shrinks my stay to 1 week, and it's super-expensive. Just for the record, I'm PhD student and my GPA is above 3.5, if that somehow matters. And I'm planning to take just 1 class (3 hrs) and 3 re
  18. Hi guys, so I'm in a really bad situation, the thing is there is a high chance that I might not be able to repay the international student loan that I took for a year, it's about 1500$. I mean, maybe I could pay it by the due date, but the problem is I'm leaving the US and I have a lot of other expenses and paying it would hurt my pocket really bad and I'd end up with few dollars in my pocket and I'm not sure if I will actually come back because of unclear situation with my funding. So, I'm wondering what options I have and what you would recommend me. I want to email them but at the same time
  19. Okay, so I'm sure this has been asked before, but I was not able to find the information I need so far, so I had to create a new topic. So the thing is I hopefully might get my MS in Summer 2018. Now since I was originally admitted to PhD program, as far as I understand, I can continue on PhD without any application or paperwork after I get my MS, but I was hoping to get a job after MS. For this purpose, I'd have to apply for OPT and quit PhD-that's how I understand this but I'm not sure. Ideal option for me would be to be able to get OPT after getting my Master's and continuing with PhD
  20. One thing is that I deleted all the text messages because I was really sad..
  21. Hi everyone, Please don`t judge me or make fun of me...I`m extremely stressed right now... So, there was a girl I was dating. She is an American citizen. Just so you get an idea, we had very high level of intimacy. Although it`s been like 1 month. Skip the part in Italic if you dont have time to read. Anyway the whole story is very long. But keep in mind that I never ever sent her any message containing sexual content, or threat, or harmful, or abusive words, or swearing. I was always polite. Now things changed I ended up with her threatening me to get "restraining order" agains
  22. Hi there To everyone who`s reading this topic, I got the score I need! yaaaay
  23. Can anyone give me any recommendations on housing?
  24. Thank you so much for your post! It really gave me hope and warm feeling! You accurately described how I feel during Listening section! I also loose my focus during Listening section and moreover, I was distracted by someone`s speaking, too! I don`t understand why some people speak so loud during Speaking section. I mean, come on, you speak in a quiet room right to the mic, why would you need to yell? It may sound silly and childish, but I`m willing to pay any fee just to get rid of the stress and anxiety I have now. I even consider to start preparing now for the second TOEFL e
  25. Hey guys, I recently took TOEFL IBT exam for the first time and I`m so worried about my score on Listening section, I feel like I messed it up And I actually was expecting to see my unofficial scores on Listening and Reading sections right after exam, I thought it will be the same thing as in GRE (in GRE you see Q & V sections results right after after the exam). First of all, I wonder why R & L sections scores are not immediately available after the exam. Secondly, do you guys think if I contact ETS, they could send me unofficial scores on Listening section? I know it sound
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