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Thread: Can I fall back on my STEM if I lose my job during my H1B?

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    Can I fall back on my STEM if I lose my job during my H1B?

    Hi everyone,

    I had a quick question about how the STEM extension works in relation to your H1B. My OPT expires on the 3rd of September but since I received my H1B approval notice, I believe I fall in the CAP GAP category. My question is, if I lose my job while I'm on my H1B (after 1st October), would it be possible for me to fall back on my STEM extension?

    I haven't yet applied for my STEM (I was going to but stopped after getting my H1B approval notice) but someone told me I should do it even though I got my H1B. So if I do now, and it gets approved after Oct. 1st, would I be able to use this as a backup if I lose my job later? Or would the only option be an H1B transfer?

    If the STEM does get rejected because of my H1B, I know an H1B transfer would be the only option, but if it does get accepted, then would the STEM be an option at that point of time?

    Thank you!

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    After October 1, your status will change to H-1B and can not “fall back” on to the STEM OPT.

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    No. Once you change your status to H1-B, you are no longer an F-1 student. OPT/STEM OPT/ CPT are all for F-1's only. If you lose your job as an H1-B, you would have to change your status back to F-1.

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    Apply for stem extension before 30th September... so that both are in processing... if your h1 b is rejected then you can fall back on stem extension

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