A Cap-Gap extension is an extension of F-1 visa status and Post-Completion OPT work authorization. This extension automatically occurs when someone in F-1 status is a beneficiary of a timely filed H-1B petition subject to the Cap requesting a change of status and the employment start date is October 1st. ISSS can provide you with proof of this automatic extension by issuing you a “Cap-Gap” I-20, which will clearly state the status and work authorization extension on page two.
In order for ISSS to provide you with a Cap-Gap I-20, you will need to provide our office with a copy of your I-797 receipt notice from USCIS. This is the document your company receives after they file the H-1B petition. Please scan a copy of your receipt notice and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then process your Cap-Gap I-20 and mail it to you.
Your Cap-Gap Extension will terminate if your H-1B petition is rejected, denied, or revoked.