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I am a third year postdoc at an American University. This is my third year on a F1-OPT visa. I am supposed to start a new postdoc at a different American University in the Fall. They were planning to sponsor a J1 visa for this postdoc. Unfortunately I may not be able to go back to my home-country (Italy) because of the lockdown. Does anybody have any recommendations on how to proceed?

  • I would assume that you can file an i-539 (uscis.gov/i-539). It should take several months and you probably need to maintain your F1 visa during this time. – IanDan Apr 24 at 15:43

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