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Issues in STEM Extension. Please help!
I hope you are doing well.
I currently work on a contract position for Biopharma and a staffing firm is my full-time employer.
Recently, my staffing firm notified that they will no longer continue my contract after June 30. The reasoning provided by them is they no longer support OPT STEM Extensions.
Please note Biopharma wants to keep my contract and is looking for another Staffing company that will sign my I-983 form replacing the one earlier signed
Please find below timeline of the events:-
A. March 27th: I filled form I-983 with staffing firm as a full-time employer. Also, Biopharma provided the job related training so they signed the training sections 4 & 6 of the form I-983 (Specific training related sections)
B. April 26th : USCIS received my application and mailed the receipt and the application is still pending with USCIS
C. June 14th : HR called me to notify they cannot support the STEM extension as they did not provide the training so they will continue my contract until June 30. My Manager at Biopharma mentioned that they will look for another contracting company replacing the existing one
Please look into the below questions:
How will the above situation impact my current pending STEM extension petition?
Considering Biopharma finds the staffing agency replacement in the next 1-2 weeks, Can I claim the unused un-employment provided in the initial OPT? Please note, I still have 40 days of the maximum 90 days unemployment period from initial OPT. Also, I will continue to work until June 30.
Are there any concerns if a staffing firms fills up the I-983 form as I will be working with their client but not directly with them?
Also, if I am no longer working after June 30, how would it affect my OPT extension application
Can I switch employers in between 180 days extension and how soon the USCIS needs to be notified?
Can DSO help with I-983 forms if I am unemployed after June 30 and will it allow me to continue with my extension
I appreciate your help in this process. Please share your thoughts regarding the above at your soonest convenience.
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