My friend is going to graduate with MS in the 1st week of may 2013 (next month). Due to some reasons their department HOD is not going to sign the OPT form. So in order to stay in USA I just gave few options to my friend like
- Apply for H-1B (consulting Firms) this year in Master’s Quota , but have to be done by this week or probably next week as this time the quota gets fulled very fast.
- Apply for either MS/MBA in another school — which is quite expensive again
- Marry an NRI ( maybe not)
I’m not sure what’s the deal with not able to apply for OPT. Either your friend haven’t completed the required Thesis work.
If that’s the case, he shouldn’t be able to graduate right?
Can you provide additional info on why he can graduate, but can’t apply for OPT?
Ways to stay in Legal Status in USA
As you can see I have listed
- Return to your home country
Option 1 is ruled out – H1B Visa 2014 Cap Reached
Option 2 is possible, but he needs to consult with an attorney to find ways to stay in status after graduation.
Option 3 is always there.
Marry American Citizen?
You have listed option 4 – Marry an American Citizen or Green Card Holder.
I know 2 people personally who married American Citizens and another friend who will be getting married soon.
All 3 of them are students who came from India in F1 Visa.
I will let you/your friend decide, if you want to marry someone just to stay in status.
Personally, I wouldn’t do that and don’t recommend marring just to stay in status without love. If I really fall in love with someone, then it is a possibility.
I know about Indian culture and parents expectations. But, people change and anything can happen.
This is something your friend have to decide.
Don’t get into trouble by marrying someone to stay in status or just to get Green card.
Close friend of my wife ( Born in India and became an American Citizen) married a guy in F1 visa. Within few months, she decided to walk away from their marriage. Why?
That guy’s only goal was to get her to apply green card for him.
But, marrying an American Citizen is a possibility. I leave the decision to your friend.
Now, you have 4 options and you have to pick one.