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Ask Sophie: What are my options if a company rescinds my OPT job offer?

here is another version “Ask Sophie” advice column that answers immigration questions about working at technology companies.

“Your questions are critical to spreading the knowledge that allows people around the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or looking for a job in Silicon Valley, I’d love to answer your questions in my next column.”

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dear sophie,

I’m an international student graduating this month, but the company I was supposed to start working for on opt-in has rescinded my job offer.

What are my options?

– Grappling Grad

Dear Wrestling,

First of all, congratulations on your upcoming graduation. I know things may seem difficult for you right now, but remember to celebrate your achievement and this important achievement.

Lots of immigrants often find themselves in situations where they need to move quickly. You are not alone and there are resources to help you.

There may actually be some silver lining for you here. As you explore your options, remember that the most innovative and practical ideas are often born during challenging times.

Notify your DSO

If you haven’t already, you should inform the Designated School Officer (DSO) at your university about your situation and ensure that your records are updated. Federal regulations require you to notify your DSO within 10 days of any employment or personal information changes. The DSO is required to update the information in the Federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) system within 21 days.

An important detail to note is that F-1 students on OPT (Optional Practical Training) are allowed to remain unemployed for only 90 days after graduation. Some of the details of your next steps may differ depending on whether you have applied for and received your OPT work permit yet.

Now, let’s dive into some of the options!

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