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

Here’s another edit from “Ask Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at tech companies.

“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that enables people around the world to cross borders and pursue their dreams,” he says. sofia alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people operations, a founder, or looking for a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie,

I am an international student graduating this month, but the company I was supposed to start working for at OPT rescinded my job offer.

What are my options?

—Grappling Graduate

Dear Grappling,

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

Many immigrants often find themselves in situations that require them to change quickly. You are not alone and there are resources to support you.

Actually, there might be some positives here for you. As you explore your options, remember that often the most innovative and insightful ideas have emerged during difficult times.

Notify your DSO

If you have not already done so, you should notify your university’s Designated School Official (DSO) of your situation and ensure that your records are up to date. Federal regulations require you to notify your DSO within 10 days of any change in employment or personal information. DSOs must update information in the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) within 21 days.

An important detail to keep in mind is that F-1 students in TO OPT (Optional practical training) are only allowed to be unemployed for 90 days after graduation. Some of the details of your next steps may differ depending on whether you have already applied for and received your OPT work permit.

Now, let’s dive into some options!

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