I am on my F1 STEM OPT extension. It expires on May 12(final extension). My Employer has filed for my H1B visa but I have not heard back from them or my School yet. My question is that after May 12 can I continue working if I still do not get any response for my H1B application?
If yes, Do I need to submit any documents to my college as I still dont have the receipt
Yes, you can under cap gap provisions. You get automatic extension until June 1st. If you get picked and your SEVIS is not updated until Sep 30th, You need to work with your DSO to get your SEVIS extended. Check SEVIS, SEVP Portal Updates - H1B Lottery
Yes, but you need to inform DSO that your H1B was filed, just to make sure you are getting extension under cap gap. If it is not updated in SEVIS, they will need to do data fix. You can send them the Fedex Receipt or any letter from attorney that indicates that your H1B was filed.
The cap gap is pretty much automatic, if you don’t hear from USCIS on the decision. You can read the Official USCIS guidance, where they tell it is automatic.
You need a New I-20 issued from DSO, that indicates your authorization to work until Sep 30th.
The DSO needs proof to tell that your petition was filed and is in processing, you should ask the employer to ask the law firm to share that info…Again, it is up to the DSO… But, you can only work, if your DSO gives you new I-20 to work until Sep 30th…if not, you should stop working.