oqowa Posted August 29, 2019 Share Posted August 29, 2019 (edited) 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't have many good job opportunities here (at my hometown), so I really want to make things work if I get this job. Now, here is the other thing that I want to know your opinion about. So, I want to talk to my adviser and agree about volunteering for him so I could fill the necessary forms online and report to the university's ISS that I'm volunteering for my adviser (all this, while I'm in my country) just so I can save my unemployment days and just so my OPT doesn't get cancelled. And then I could start my visa application. So basically I have 2 options on my mind: 1) I either sign up for this volunteering thing and fill the visa application accordingly and maybe even get some letter from my adviser about this which I could present on visa interview OR 2) I wait for this job offer that I've been talking about and then fill the visa application and answer the questions based on this. So which way I should go? How should I design this whole visa renewal process? What should I do and I should not do? I also have some specific questions about visa application: Should I fill DS-160 in the same way I did before? Should I change anything? Would it hurt if I put "No" for "Have you made specific travel plans?", and put only "Intended date of arrival"? (this is in DS-160 form) Should I check or uncheck the sentence "[Name Surname] renewing his or her visa either to: continue participation in the same program even if at a different institution; or attend the same institution even if in a different program." ? Note that if I check this it won't require me to schedule an interview. (this is on us usvisa-info.com) Edited August 29, 2019 by oqowa changed OPT card to EAD card Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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