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Hey guys
I’m an F1 student, and I just got my associate degree in Fall 2018... So I decided not to take any classes this SP19 and work under the OPT program before pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Engineering. It’s now been 61 days since I applied for an EAD card as an F1 student (OPT). I actually applied for that on dec 7 2018. The processing time for Potomac Service Center is 3.5 through 5.5 months.

Since I should start working by March and knowing that my application would possibly not get approved by then, I am wondering WHAT I SHOULD DO IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE MY F1 STATUS. Any ideas will be welcome.
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