OncologyCat has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Medical Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant.
Hi OncologyCat! I'm an international nursing student with a F1 visa. I am graduating in May 2021 and I'm planning to take the NCLEX this Summer. Was wondering if we could connect because I don't know any other international nurses out there!
Hey I saw your post about your opt running out while waiting for opt. I was wondering if you could connect with me so I can talk to you. Thank you.
Hey @oncologycat, I also saw your post and wanted to ask about the opt and eb3 sponsorship process. My workplace is sponsoring my visa, but due to the pandemic right now the priority date for eb3 is on hold and my opt date ends next month. I wanted to ask if you were able to get the visa sponsorship after your opt expired and past the 60day grace period. I am assuming that your employer filed for you within the grace period? I just wanted to ask if you were in the same situation as me. I would greatly appreciate any help! Thanks in advance.
I got my green card in 2018, wayyyy before all this pandemic happens so I’m not sure what the process is now.
I did not have to use any days in the grace period, or to be exact, I never entered the grace period. I was approved for advanced parole before my OPT expired so I was able to work legally the whole time. I was all set for my way to green card before my OPT expired.
Here’s my timeline for your reference. I graduated in May 2017 with an OPT expiration date of June 2018. My employer filed for my green card in December 2017. In March 2018 I was approved for advanced parole with an EAD (not green card, just a work permit allowing non-US citizens to work in the US; Advanced Parole was valid for 1 year), so I was able to work up until my green card was approved in Oct 2018.