On OPT Extension - Non- E-verified Employer

One of my friend has a query.

He has extended his OPT with E-Verified employer and then

After extension shifted to a Non-E Verified employer. Is this Legal?

Will there be a problem in H1B Visa?

As long as new employer has a verifiable taxpayer identification number and is 51% owned by US citizen or permanent resident, your friend should be ok

Good Luck!

Sandeep Shankar, Ph.D.

Academic Advisor (India) to The Executive Director

Colorado Heights University, Denver, CO 80223



OPT Extension requires the employment through an e-verified company. So once the person is on OPT, all employment should be through an e-verified company.

Maybe I am reading this incorreclty. E-verify is a process by which a company creates an I-9 case for a prospective employee and USCIS issues an ‘OK’ statement. So what does an E-verified employer mean? Every employee is supposed to be E-verified and it is every employer’s duty to make sure it is done…

Not all employers are e-verified. That is why there is a provision in the new immigration bill to make it mandatory for all.

When a person is OPT, s/he can work for any employer. However, while on OPT extension it is a requirement for the employer to be e-verified. As the OP mentioned, his new employer is non-e-verified; hence he cannot join them while on OPT extension.

Thanks Saurabh