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H-1B Cap-Gap Extension

The H-1B cap-gap extension is a period in which eligible F-1 students can request an extension to bridge the gap between the end of F-1 status and the start of H-1B status.

Types of Cap-Gap Extensions

The type and length of your Cap-Gap extension depends on your H-1B petition phase. Below are the types of Cap-Gap, required documentation for each type, and how the extensions are applied to your I-20 record.

Types of Cap-Gap Required Documentation How the Extension is Applied to Your I-20 Record
Filed Receipt of Petition Mailing (from FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.) If your OPT/STEM OPT authorization has not expired, your OPT/STEM OPT authorization and F-1 status will be extended to June 1.

If your OPT/STEM OPT authorization has already expired, but you were in your 60-day grace period at the time of filing, your F-1 status will be extended to June 1, but your OPT/STEM OPT work authorization will not be extended.
Selected for Receipting Receipt Notice I-797 If your OPT/STEM OPT authorization has not expired, your OPT/STEM OPT authorization and F-1 status will be extended to September 30.

If your OPT/STEM OPT authorization has already expired, but you were in your 60-day grace period at the time of filing, your F-1 status will be extended to September, but your OPT/STEM OPT work authorization will not be extended.
Approved Approval Notice I-797 If your OPT/STEM OPT authorization has not expired, your OPT/STEM OPT authorization and F-1 status will be extended to September 30.

If your OPT/STEM OPT authorization has already expired, but you were in your 60-day grace period at the time of filing, your F-1 status will be extended to September, but your OPT/STEM OPT work authorization will not be extended.

How to Request an H1-B Cap-Gap I-20

To request an H1-B Cap-Gap I-20, please submit the following via email to iss@fullerton.edu or in person in CP 200:

  1. Completed Cap-Gap Extension Request Form
  2. Copy of current OPT/STEM OPT EAD
  3. Copy of H1-B Filing Documentation (refer to table above)

 

Please allow 15 business days (minimum) for processing of your request and issuance of the Cap-Gap I-20.

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