OPT, Cap-Gap, and H-1B Beneficiary Change of Employer Prior to October 1st

Published: 05/03/2019

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"Cap Gap” is the government’s solution to a problem that many F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) who had successfully filed an H-1B petition faced:  many OPT periods end in the early summer, and even with the provision of a 60-day grace period, the earliest permitted H-1B employment start date of October 1st would lie too far in the future.  This “gap” – the period of time between the end of F-1 status and the beginning of H-1B status – necessitated the OPT student’s return to their home country to seek re-admission as an H-1B visa holder.

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