Cap Gap Extension

The Cap Gap Extension extends Post-completion OPT or the 17-Month STEM Extension and is automatically implemented in SEVIS if the following is true:

  • Your company has properly filed an H-1B petition with an October 1st start date (the beginning of the federal fiscal year).


  • Your Post-completion OPT/17 Month STEM Extension ends prior to September 30th.

You do not need to apply for the Cap Gap Extension with IPS. The Cap Gap Extension is automatically reflected in your SEVIS record with a notation.

For additional questions and answers regarding the Cap Gap Extension, please refer to USCIS's Extension of Post-completion OPT and F-1 status for Eligible Students Under the H-1B Cap Gap Extension page.