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  • OPT Denied due to 30 days rule - help needed

    Hello,

    My OPT recently denied due to 30 days rule. I applied for OPT and received i-20 but did not apply for more than 30 days then I requested for new i-20 and applied immediately but my DSO didn't update the new date on the SEVIS record. Below is some more information to give some background.

    Background:
    - US arrival 12/2015
    - First masters completed but unfortunately school lost the accreditation
    - Then joined second masters and completed successfully
    - Last day of school: April 25, 2019
    - Applied for initial OPT and application received by USCIS on April 18, 2019
    - Status updated as 'Denied' on Aug 29, 2019
    - Reason: Failed to file application within 30 days of DSO OPT recommendation date
    - Current status: SEVIS in 'Completed' state
    - F1 expiry Nov 2020

    When asked DSO, they gave me two options.

    1. Apply for reinstatement
    2. Get new I-20 with new SEVIS ID

    I have below queries, I hope someone can answer:

    a. Can I apply for reinstatement/ MTR as DSO failed to update the SEVIS record when I requested to provide new I-20?
    b. Can I apply for apply for H4 as my spouse is on H1B status?
    c. If I can apply for H4, how soon I need to begin the process as I already passed 4+ months from the graduation date?
    d. Is it safe to cross US-Mexico border to activate the new SEVIS while keeping in mind previous Master degrees?
    e. How soon I should cross the border and activate my sevis if I decide to do port of entry?
    f. What would be the safest option to proceed from the above?

    Thank you!

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