Answered on Feb 08th, 2019 at 7:35 PM
F-1 students are not supposed to work except with permission of the school (CPT) or U.S.C.I.S. (OPT). They are not allowed to work with an EAD based upon adjustment of status and still maintain F-1 status. Neither are they allowed to leave the US under advance parole under F-1 status. Your school is saying that for you to maintain your F-1 status, you should wait until you graduate to apply for OPT. If you decide to use the adjustment of status EAD and advanced parole, you would be relying upon your adjustment of status application to maintain status in the US instead of the F-1 student status which would technically no longer be valid. Due to the limitations of the Lawyers.com Forums, Alan Lee, Esq.'s (the "Firm") participation in responding to questions posted herein does not constitute legal advice, nor legal representation of the person or entity posting a question. No Attorney/Client relationship is or shall be construed to be created hereby. The information provided herein by the Firm is general, and requires that the poster obtain specific legal advice from an attorney. The poster shall not rely upon the information provided herein as legal advice nor as the basis for making any decisions of legal consequence.