File H1B During 60 Days' Grace Period After OPT Expires


yili0910

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I have an urgent question that I will appreciate your help.

My case:

I am in F-1 opt status and my OPT will expire May 31st, 2013

I was hired by a University Mar 18th, 2013 which qualifies for cap-exempt h1b therefore quota and Apr 1st is not a problem

The University initiated a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) Request Mar 20th, 2013 and National Prevailing Wage Center said it will take at least 60 days to response, which means that there is a great chance that the University will not be able to file my H1B application before May 31st in order to get me a cap-gap extension

Now my questions are:

1. I know officially it says 60 days, however, practically does anyone know the average processing time of PWD as of first season of 2013

2. Can I file my h1b application during my 60 days' grace period after OPT expires?

3. Can I continue staying legally in US after 60 days if an h1b is filed?

4. Will there be a Oct 1st start date limitation for cap-exempt h1b? Since the University wants me to start Aug 15th. I think the cap-exempt does not have a set start date?

Thank you so much.

Thanks,

LY

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