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tomaluco 10-07-2007 03:45 PM

How to avoid being out of status with J1 visa
 
i was an opt for one year and one week ago I received a J1 visa at a research institution. However, my boss decided to terminate my appointment by December 31. I am looking for jobs but wont' be able to get an offer until late february or march.
Is there something I can to to mantain my J1 status beyond Dec 31st?.
Would a 2 months un paid vacation solve my problem or a leave of absence?
If not, how serious would be to be out of status for a few months?.
Any suggestions?
Thanks,

Valle 10-07-2007 04:42 PM

You have a 30 day grace period
 
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Originally Posted by tomaluco (Post 179903)
i was an opt for one year and one week ago I received a J1 visa at a research institution. However, my boss decided to terminate my appointment by December 31. I am looking for jobs but wont' be able to get an offer until late february or march.
Is there something I can to to mantain my J1 status beyond Dec 31st?.
Would a 2 months un paid vacation solve my problem or a leave of absence?
If not, how serious would be to be out of status for a few months?.
Any suggestions?
Thanks,

Good Afternoon,

You have a 30 day grace perido after your J1 visa expires. Would this amout of time be enough for you to find another job?

Good Luck!

Munshi75 10-07-2007 06:48 PM

Are you a Post doc?
 
If yes, then jobs are plenty. I would confidently say a search for 15 days is sufficient .

Thanks

tomaluco 10-07-2007 07:02 PM

I cannot get a job in two weeks!
 
Thanks for your replies. I can not get a job in two weeks or one month. I am a Post-Doc and I am applying for a tenure track position, interviews are held in january/feb and would have an offer by march. That puts me in trouble. How much of a trouble would be to be out of status for two months?. can I have a leave of absence and solve the problem this way?

gg_ny 10-07-2007 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tomaluco (Post 179937)
Thanks for your replies. I can not get a job in two weeks or one month. I am a Post-Doc and I am applying for a tenure track position, interviews are held in january/feb and would have an offer by march. That puts me in trouble. How much of a trouble would be to be out of status for two months?. can I have a leave of absence and solve the problem this way?

Hi

Out of status is dangerous as it would affect your future visa applications. Even if you get an offer by march, most job start date would be in next fall. But if you move right now from your current job to another postdoc then you dont need to lose your status. A post doc willing to work with minimal salary would be more than welcome to most bosses (if they have postdoc openings). I dont know about OPT but remember that J1 does not have any minimum wage limit that is a good negotiating point in your favor. Also, if you hold china or India passport, you are expected to work for low wages on J1 ('research fellowship'). Having a US degree, finding a postdoc position in 45 days should not be a problem.

tomaluco 10-07-2007 10:02 PM

J1 Out of status
 
Thanks for the good advice. I didn't know about J1 not having salary requirements. And yes, I know somebody in another lab that probably would take me. Just in case it doesn't happen. What other alternatives do I have to stay on status?


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