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I-485 impact on F1 status


I ma thinking to apply for NIW GC and I am trying to understand the situation.

I am a PhD student on F1 Visa. If I apply for I-485 and comply F1 requirements and get I-485 denied, do I have a valid F1 status? What if I do not use/apply for EAD & AP.

Thank you in advance for your time and help.

Best Regards,


Maintaining F1 status while I 485 is pending

Hello all.

Good Morning.

It would help me a lot if you could clear a confusion of mine.

I am in the process of obtaining a EB1-A visa. My I 140 has been approved and will apply for I 485. I am currently in F1-OPT status which will expire in March, 2017. I need to file my OPT in Texas center which usually takes 10 months and that means that I will know the approval/rejection decision around February, 2017.

I am trying to protect my F1-OPT status since in that way in case my I 485 gets denied, I will… Continue reading