Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with Pending H-1B “Change of Status” Applications and “Cap-Gap” Employment Authorization for FY16

This advisory summarizes key travel and employment issues if you are an F-1 student with Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment eligibility and an H-1B change of status filing on your behalf has been accepted by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). At this date, we do not expect to receive any further receipts for H-1B petitions for FY17, and you should assume that if you have not yet received a receipt, your case was not selected in the lottery…

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