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    I applied for the OPT STEM Extension in the beginning of May (OPT is expired on July 14th), and just got a notice that my current the job
    will be terminated on July 15th=C2=A0(with an option for August 1st).
     I would like to know what is my current visa status and what are my options.
    (I have not received the official approval for the extension).

    I have a few questions in regards to my current status:

    – Can I accumulate unemployed days before receiving the extension? (the extension adds another 60 days of unemployment)

    – Can I find a new job (as an internship/full time) and change it before the approval arrives?

     What is my legal status?

    Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you,


    Cindy Feng

    Hi Liran and Joanna,

    Your friend’s communication was a bit choppy…so I wanted to make sure I understand the situation correctly:

    Her OPT STEM was about to expire July 14, so she applied for extension of OPT STEM, but unfortunately the job is not terminated effective July 15?  Prior to getting her OPT STEM extension approval, will she have a new job?


    Liran- thank you for your help. It is very much appreciated.
    Cindy – nice to e-meet you! Yes, my OPT expires on July 14th and my current would be terminated on July 15th. I applied for the STEM extension on May 12th and haven’t received the approval (I received only the receipt).

    Thank you for your help,


    Also – I currently do not have a new employer.

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