I m an international student living in LA and I recently just got a job in SF anticipated to start on January 4th. I hold an F-1 visa with a legal OPT (Optional Practical Training). I m currently in the process of moving up to SF, which is a pain in the butt since it s the holiday season.
The thing is, my mom who recently is diagnosed with cancer, is going to have her surgery on early January. I'd really love to go back home for a bit to see her before starting to work. I'm planning to do that after I'm done moving and I'm all settled. But if I do go home, I need to delay my job starting date since I need to be home at most a week (the week of her surgery).
Do you think it s possible to travel overseas in OPT (Optional Practical Training)? I've heard stories that it's risky but I hope my reason is valid.
Is it okay if I ask for a permission to delay my job start date for at most a week after the anticipated one? Will that affect my reputation at work? This is my first job right out of college and I m afraid things happen if I delay it. But then again, my reason to delay my start date is (hopefully) valid. It s not for leisure or vacation or anything fun.
Companies might have different policies and rules regarding this but I'd just like to know what your thoughts are.
What are your thoughts on this? Thank you!