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Cap-Gap Extension


F-1 students in active post-completion OPT (or within the grace period) who are the beneficiary of a timely-filed H-1B petition, filed by a cap-subject employer who is requesting a change of status and a start date of October 1, are eligible for a “cap-gap extension.”

The cap-gap extension extends your post-completion OPT until September 30. Note: If you are in your grace period, your F-1 status will be extended, but you are not permitted to work.

If your employer is going to sponsor you for an H-1B, contact ISSS for more information about how this will impact your F-1 status. If you are eligible for a cap-gap extension and need an updated I-20, please complete the Cap Gap Extension Request in the ISSS portal.