I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program. For medical related reasons, it's not feasible for me to continue the program, and I plan to leave in the next semester. I am on a F1 visa right now. Obviously, I will lose my F1 status (and my OPT benefit as well).
I have a girlfriend here in the US (she's a citizen), but we are not married. What are my chances of being able to get a job in the US with a starting date beginning next year (e.g. Jan/Feb 2020)? I might have a (big company) employer that wants to hire me, but I wonder if the time required to get a work visa will make it impossible to start next year.