Safe to travel to India in December with OPT expiring December end?


Please advise - my OPT expires on December 31, 2013 and I am planning to travel to India from December 2nd to December 17th, 2013. Is that advisable? Will I face a problem during re-entry? I am applying for an H1b cap exempt during this time but the petition will be mailed out only during mid-December which is why I thought of making the trip home.

Any thoughts or inputs would be greatly appreciated!




   Generally many avoid travel during OPT. If you have all the documentation in place, you should be fine. I have seen many travel and return safely. Check this article from [UC Berkley on Travel on OPT ]( Talk to your DSO as well and seek the advice. As your H1B is filed, so it will help as well.

Hi Kumar,
Thank you so much for your reply. This helps. I really appreciate your response.