H1-B Visa Stamping - on F1 STEM OPT Ext

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Questions: I want to get my H1-b visa stamp before Oct 1 since I am getting slots, however, I am not sure will I be allowed entry back on H1B or F1? Most website says that you can travel only 10 days before your visa start date, Once you get h1b stamp your F1 is voided and etc.

I am not able to find any concrete answer since I am not on cap gap so I should be allowed re-entry on F1.

Current visa: F1 STEM OPT Ext which is valid June 2025. 

Case: change of status from F1 to H1B

Visa start date: Oct 1, 2024

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As per my knowledge, If your F1 STEM OPT is valid until June 2025 and you're changing status to H1B with a start date of October 1, 2024, you should be able to re-enter the US on your F1 visa until closer to your H1B start date. Ensure your travel plans align with the 10-day rule before your H1B validity begins to avoid any issues at the port of entry.

I hope this will help you.



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