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H-1B Cap-Gap Extension

Duration of F-1 status and work authorization will be extended for a student on OPT who is the beneficiary of a timely-filed, non-frivolous H-1B petition requesting a change of nonimmigrant status with an employment start date of October 1 of the following federal fiscal year (October thru September). The extension of duration of status and work authorization will automatically terminate upon the rejection, denial, or revocation of the H-1B petition filed on the student's behalf.

To request an updated I-20 for cap-gap extension, please contact ISSS at (215)895-2502 or
The following items will be needed in order to process your request:

  • Copy of current I-94 card, front and back
  • Copy of EAD card
  • For a receipted or approved H-1B petition: A copy of the Form I-797
  • For a wait-listed H-1B petition: A copy of the wait list letter from USCIS to the employer
  • For a properly filed H-1B petition: A statement from the employer that the student is the beneficiary listed on a properly filed H-1B petition and proof of delivery to a USCIS Service Center showing the date of receipt

Students on cap-gap extensions must also continue to report all changes of name and address, and interruptions of employment.
More information at SEVIS Policy Guidance

Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania, 2011.