If you are an F-1 student with a timely filed H-1B petition and change of status request and your F-1 status and employment authorization will expire between April 1 and October 1, you may be eligible for a cap-gap extension.
If you have evidence of a timely-filed H-1B petition, such as a copy of the petition and a FedEx, UPS, or USPS Express/certified mail receipt, OIS will issue an updated I-20 showing an extension until June 1.
If the H-1B petition is selected by USCIS and you have a copy of the petitioning employer’s Form I-797 indicating that the petition was filed and accepted with a valid receipt number, OIS will issue another updated I-20 showing an extension until October 1. In such situations, you may continue to work while the update to your I-20 is being processed. Because the cap-gap extension is automatic, the updated I-20 is not required for a student to continue working; it merely serves as proof of the extension of OPT employment authorization.