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Hi, if I engaged in authorized employment and my university reports me to the USCIS, should I leave the country immediately/

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?

My OPT got approved but since my University is going to report me for unauthorized employment, will I lose my F-1 status?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer about the F-1 visa?

The lawyer told me that once the university reports me, the USCIS will then decide on future actions

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Basically i engaged in unauthorized employment before my OPT approval (after my program end date as indicated in my I-20). I am currently enrolled for 1 credit hour to finish my dissertation. The university found out the unauthorized employment so they said that I will be reported to USCIS.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
My program end date in my I-20: Dec. 31, 2017OPT approval: Feb. 28, 2017I continued working as a graduate assistant even after my program end date (indicated in my I-20) and before my OPT approval. During that period of unauthorized employment (72 days), I was enrolled in 1 credit hour. I just got my EAD card. The ISS is going to report me to the USCIS. When they do that, I will lose my F-1 status.
1) What are my options? Should I leave the country immediately?When the university report my violation to USCIS, do I need to leave the country immediately? Can I leave 2 weeks later?
2) How can I remain in the US?
3) Can I still use my OPT?
4) Will this violation affect my H1B application in the future?
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What was the reason that you engaged in unauthorized employment?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I thought that I could continue my graduate assistantship since I am enrolled in 1 credit hour to finish my dissertation.

Well, that probably isn't a good enough reason to support reinstatement, but you can certainly try either to reinstate with your current school if your I-20 is terminated, or you can transfer to another school and reinstate through that new school. Here is a link:

https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/FR/HTML/FR/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-79324/0-0-0-85465/0-0-0-87514/0-0-0-87971.html

If you are not able to reinstate, it would still be a long time before anyone tried to deport you, so you may be able to finish your dissertation, but you won't be able to get OPT or H-1B or anything like that unless you leave the U.S.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions and there is no additional charge. Also, should you need to chat on the phone, private email or need help reviewing documentation, I am happy to do so for a small additional cost. Let me know if you are interested in these – I am happy to give you more details! If you have no further questions (at this time) please leave a positive rating for my service. I would sincerely ***** ***** You can do that by clicking on the 3rd, 4th or 5th stars or smiley faces if you see them. If you do not see any stars or smiley faces, you may have to scroll up to the top of the page or click on my name and they should come out. Also, your session does NOT close when leaving a positive rating, so you can continue to ask additional questions without additional charge. Thank you for your understanding.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Is it correct that once the university reports me to the USCIS, my SEVIS will be terminated and I will lose my F-1 status?If that is the case, will that invalidate my OPT? How soon the USCIS give notice for removal proceedings?Would that be as soon as the USCIS receives the report from the university?Is it still safe for me to stay in the US for 2 more weeks after the university reports me?If I leave the country, will this violation affects my H1B application in the future?

Is it correct that once the university reports me to the USCIS, my SEVIS will be terminated and I will lose my F-1 status?

Yes, that is correct.

If that is the case, will that invalidate my OPT?

Yes. It would invalidate your OPT.

How soon the USCIS give notice for removal proceedings?

Probably years unless you commit a serious enough crime to make you a priority for deportation. Now you are not, so it could be years before anyone takes an interest to try to deport you.

Would that be as soon as the USCIS receives the report from the university?

No. As I said, it could take years.

Is it still safe for me to stay in the US for 2 more weeks after the university reports me?

Relatively speaking, yes. As I keep saying, it could be many years before anyone takes an interest to deport you if you otherwise behave yourself.

If I leave the country, will this violation affects my H1B application in the future?

Not if you leave before accruing 180 days or more of unlawful presence.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
When is that unlawful presence starts?Does that mean that once my SEVIS is terminated, my presence here in the US is considered unlawful? If I will have an employer that is willing to sponsor me an H1B visa, can I stay in the US?

It begins once USCIS has made a decision on your case, not with the I-20 has been terminated. Once your I-20 is terminated, you are OUT OF STATUS. This is different from UNLAWFUL PRESENCE. Unlawful presence starts when USCIS makes a determination about your case and that could take awhile. And no, I cannot tell you when that would or could be. Once you are out of status, you cannot get back into status through employment, education (unless you reinstate and you only have 5 months to do that) or investment. So if an employer wants to petition for you, you have to leave the U.S. to get an H-1B visa to come back.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Sorry, I was out for a while. Will I still be able to finish my PhD degree after my SEVIS is terminated? What I mean is that if I submit all requirements for graduation after my SEVIS termination, will I still be able to get my degree?

For you to finish, that is up to the school. Some schools allow persons out of status to study and earn degrees. So you have to ask them. If not, you may have to transfer to a school that does allow you to finish.

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I thought that I once I rate you I will not be able to ask your further questions.

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Oh, I see. I may have follow up questions later. For now, thank you so much for clearing up my confusions. I will remember you in case I will ask questions about a different topic. Thanks!

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