A question regarding cap gap extension and SEVIS:
My employer applied my H1B on April 1st 2013 (the Fedex receipt shows it arrived there on April 1st), and my OPT expired on April 3rd. Given this, I am eligible for OPT extension according to cap gap rules. However, the international student adviser at my school is useless, and she didn’t update my SEVIS records until April 4th when my OPT had already exprired a day earlier.
Does anyone else have the same problem? Surely I shouldn’t lose my OPT employment extension just because my student adviser didn’t update my SEVIS on time? She claims she called SEVIS and they said they can’t do anything because the cap gap extension should have done on April 2nd at the latest. But there should be an option for a data fix right?
I know my F1 status was extended but that’s worth nothing if I won’t be able to work legally. I also sometimes work for more than one employers while still on OPT, and if I get a temp job it will be tricky not to have any employment documents to show.
I don’t think it can be legally right that I wouldn’t get the extension when I have a receipt to show my application was filed on time while I was still on my OPT.
Thanks! Any advice would be appreciated! Good luck for the lottery to all of you!!