Ten years ago, I came here with J-2 visa. I later changed my status to H-4 and then F-1. I am now on OPT based on my master's degree. I asked my employer if the company can participate in the E-verify program, but my employer and others are still considering and have not done anything yet. If there is a suspension for the acceptance of new applications, I will not be able to apply for the STEM OPT extension. My OPT ends in late July. I am not sure if I will have 60 days of grace period since I did not come here with F-1 visa.
This question is very important to me since I also have a family-based petition (F2B) with five months of waiting time based on its priority date. If there are 60 days of grace period and the priority date becomes current during the grace period, can I submit the I-485 application for the adjustment of status during the grace period?
Since I am not sure that if the priority date will become current before October, I still need to maintain my status. If I decide to go back to school, can I attend a community college to maintain my F-1 status? I already have an associate degree, bachelor's degree and a master's degree. I don't want to spend too much money on tuition.
Another thing that I worry about is the green card interview. When it comes, I might be asked a question why I am in community college. I worry that it might have some negative impact on my application. However, attending school at bachelor's degree level or master's degree level costs too much money. I am not sure if applying for master's degree programs is the best option.