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    Hello all,
    I am currently studying MS occupational therapy. I will finish my MS in Dec 2013. I want to start my OPT from 22 Feb 2014 to 21 Feb 2015. I can not apply for STEM extension. If I get job in 2014 my company can able to file for H1B in April 2015 ( in that period of time I will be in 60 days grace period after OPT completion). My question is how much time it takes to get reply on H1B status? And if I get H1B on which Visa status I will be till Oct 2015 ( time from when I can start working for the company). Can I able to stay in US from Feb 2015 to Oct 2015?

    Please reply,
    Thank you.
    Last edited by priyesh; 10-24-2013, 10:10 PM.

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    • #3
      yes you can do it ..i did it ..

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      • #4
        You have to apply for h1b on 2014.

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        • #5
          First, you cannot be in the US for more than 30 days after your OPT end date, i.e. 23 Mar. So, h1b filing needs to be done in april 2014. Or, you can have your opt start date in mid march , which will give you some time to file for h1B in april 2015.

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          • #6
            You cannot apply for H1 in 2015 so you have to apply in 2014 it self

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            • #7
              1 it depends based on way u r employer filed it .. premium will have 15 day processing time .. general will usually take 3-5 months ..
              2 hmm as the input u game us you could be on cap gap till oct 1 but in ur situation u cant work or u cant come back if you go out of country when u r on cap gap ..
              3 you could stay on cap gap if u r h1 is timely filled ..
              check more about cap gap ..

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              • #8
                it is 60 days

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                • #9
                  cap gap on 60 day grace period rule ..

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                  • #10
                    Cn i apply fr H1B in grace period after OPT. will i b elligeble for cap gap?

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                    • #11
                      Thanks...Am I allow to work in the period when my H1b is still under process or I have to go back to India till Oct 1, 15?

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