I am planning a visit to India during the month of July-Aug 2014, Currently I am on my OPT (STEM extension) and it expires in Nov 2014. My H1-B petition has been filed and it as been approved(it will be effective from Oct 1 2014). Is it safe for me to travel during this period of time?
Safe is very relative to say. Usually, it should be fine as you have everything right and you have been working for some time now and your future work documents are all present. Having said that, it is always a risk to travel as Visa stamping is not in your hands. There have been many students, who have traveled and came back successfuly to US. Also, there have been some unlucky ones too. Unless, it is really required, I would avoid travel.