Hello, first of all thank you for so much information on this website.
I have a job starting with my OPT in August, 2013. My EAD expires 6/20/2014, which gives me the option to hopefully get sponsord H1b visa prior to April,2014. And then I plan on applying for cap gap until Sep 30,2014, which will enable me to begin work with new H1b without any gaps.
1st question is, I understand that H1b has to be stamped. When do you leave the US to go and do that? Is it after approval in October? or when you apply in April?
2nd question is, employer has to pay for the cost associated with visa filing, but do employees generally take a paycut when you ask for this?
3rd question is, how do you go ahead and make that ask to sponsor when you are on OPT working if the employer has no previous experience of hiring foreign workers.
Last question is, in case your H1 might get denied, isn’t it better to not file for premium processing, since that allows you to work until Sep,30 with cap gap?
Thank you for your kind answers in advance.