Blog for Postdocs / Phds, National Interest Waiver, Extraordinary Ability

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Hello, I have a PHD in Pharmacy from a reputed university in US. My OPT extension was denied due to a clerical error on I-20. Now that I have few weeks of grace period left, would applying for NIW now count as being in status ?  Thank you in advance.

One Response to NIW or EB1A

  • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:


    Filing I-140 does not change your status and you can do this at any moment. Filing I-485 together with I-140 would keep you in status even after F1 expires.

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