FAQs for Cap Gap Extension
Cap Gap Extension Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to USCIS’s Extension of Post-completion OPT and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under the H-1B Cap Gap Regulations Questions and Answers for additional information regarding the Cap Gap Extension.
- Do I need to apply for the Cap-Gap Extension with IPS?
No, the Cap-Gap Extension is automatic, so there is no need for you to apply for it. Once a timely filed petition for H-1B has been made by your sponsor, the automatic Cap-Gap Extension will be reflected in your SEVIS record. There is no need to let IPS know of this change.
- What is the duration of the Cap-Gap Extension?
The Cap Gap Extension is between the dates your sponsor’s petition is received at USCIS and September 30. By law, it cannot continue beyond September 30.
- My employer/lawyer needs a new I-20 reflecting the Cap-Gap Extension. What do I do?
An I-20 reflecting Cap-Gap Extension is not necessary, but if your employer requires proof of the extension, please have them email the IPS Office with proof of your Receipt/Approval Notice. We will issue an I-20 then.
- Can I travel while I’m on Cap-Gap Extension?
No, if you are on the Cap-Gap Extension you should not travel internationally, if you wish to return before your H-1B status begins. Please refer to Question 6 on the USCIS FAQ page.
- I’m not sure if my H-1B petition will be approved. Should I apply for the STEM Extension while I’m on Cap-Gap Extension?
Students with a pending or approved H-1B petition and on Cap-Gap Extension are not eligible to apply for the 17-Month (STEM) Extension while the Cap-Gap is in place. You will need to withdraw the H-1B petition before you apply for the 17-Month Extension. For more information, please refer to Question 10 on the USCIS FAQ page.