In OPT till April2013. What if I find an employer for H1B by that time?


I am working on OPT (I completed PhD in 2012). My OPT will expire on Aril30, 2013. If I can find an employer who is ready to file my H1B before that date, would I have to wait until 1st October 2013 to start working. Or can I start working from April?


If your H1B petition is filed before OPT expiration (including the 60-day departure period), you will be on ‘cap-gap’ and can continue working for the current employer. You may move to the H1B employer from 1st October.

More details at USCIS website:

[Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under the H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations](