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Old 16-02-2020, 03:07 PM   #1776
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It should be F-1 visa, and the program qualifies for the STEM OPT extension (total of 36 months allowance to work after completing the program - during which ex-students typically try to get sponsorship for H-1B).
OK. On a F-1 you won’t be subject to the U.S. tax system except for your U.S. income, and as long as too much time hasn’t passed. Nonetheless, you may still wish to make your assets “U.S. tax friendly” before flying to the U.S. in case you decide to stay longer (perhaps a lifetime?) and assuming you’re allowed to do that.

Look for my recent post in answer to a prospective J-1 visa holder since those rules and opportunities are pretty similar.
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