Hawthorne, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: I m on F1 visa. I got i140 approval recently. Can drop from school and stay legal until i get my work permit?

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Leena Ravindra Kamat

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Dublin, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Hello! Your I-140 approval doesn't actually confer any lawful status on you. Unless/until you file your I-485 application, which will put you in a period of authorized stay, you still need to maintain some type of nonimmigrant status (such as F-1) in order to stay legally in the US. You won't be maintaining F-1 status if you drop out of your program.

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