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Maintaining status during Post-OPT, STEM OPT extension or Cap Gap extension

As an F-1 international student, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services provides you a variety of opportunities for employment in the U.S. during and after the completion of a degree. You must give special attention to maintaining your F-1 status while authorized for Post-OPT, STEM OPT extension and/or Cap Gap to avoid any negative implications on future immigration benefit requests.

Post-OPT

Degree completed: Check!
Post-OPT: Check!

Time to maintain your status while authorized for Post-OPT by following these simple guidelines.

Post-OPT

STEM OPT extension

Additional attention is required while authorized for the STEM OPT Extension such as reporting participation and submitting self-evaluations every six months.

STEM OPT

Cap Gap

Congratulations on being selected for the opportunity to apply for the H-1B visa. Maintaining your current F-1 status is necessary until your H-1B petition has been adjudicated.

Cap Gap