My previous H1B was valid from 4/27/2012 to 11/30/2014 and I was in H1 status for 5 months before I switched to F1. I was wondering if I’m eligible for H1B cap exempt if I want to find a job after my program is over in September. And since I’ve already used my OPT, does that mean I will only be eligible for a cap-gap exntension of status if an employer files a H1B peition for me by September? Can I start working for the company when my case is pending or do I have to wait till an approval to begin work?
Also, I’m not sure why my H1B was only valid for 2 years instead of 3. Will that affect my new petition?
Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide some answers!