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How Do I Complete the I-9 Verification of an F-1 Student Under the H-1B Cap-Gap?

Some F-1 students whose H-1B petitions were timely filed with an October 1 start date and requested change of status are eligible for a cap-gap extension of status and employment authorization. The cap-gap is the period between when the F-1 student status would end and the H-1B status begins on October 1. What Does the “Cap-Gap” Entail? Qualifying students are legally able to live and work in the United States during the “cap-gap” period. The […]

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Answering HR Pros’ Most Common Business Immigration Questions: How Do I Verify the Work Authorization of F-1 STEM OPT Students?

We frequently get business immigration questions, and many of them are quite similar. Because of this, we like to answer some of the most common concerns as blog posts in the hopes that more people will get the information they need faster. This post will focus on verifying the work authorization of F-1 STEM OPT students. Let’s dive in! How do I verify the work authorization of a student in F-1 status and STEM OPT? […]

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The Trouble with International Students and Online Courses — What You Need to Know Now

Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption earlier this year.  It allowed international students to take more online classes for the spring and summer semesters than normally permitted for the purposes of maintaining a full course of study, which enables them to keep their legal F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant status. Under the proposed modifications, international students will not be able to obtain a visa to come here or remain in the US if their […]

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What You Need to Know about This Years’ Cap-Gap and H-1B Cap Petitions Pending Adjudication

We are happy to report that we have begun to receive receipt notices for some H-1B FY2021 cap-subject petitions! Below are answers to FAQs to help employers and their F-1 cap-gap students continue to plan for the H-1B cap-gap. Have receipt notices from the Vermont Service Center come in yet?  No. We’re still waiting for the receipt notices for the H-1B cap petitions filed with the Vermont Service Center (VSC), which has reported having issues […]

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FAQ: F-1 Students and H-1B Cap-Gap Extensions

A Cap-Gap extension allows an eligible F-1 student to bridge the gap between the end of F-1 status and start of H-1B status, so the student can remain in the US and work during the ‘gap’.  This PDF answers FAQs about this unique extension. Download the PDF.

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How to Verify the Work Authorization of Your F-1 Cap-Gap Students

For Form I-9 purposes, the following documents can serve as evidence of work authorization for cap-gap students: Expired EADs and Form I-20s endorsed by DSO recommending the cap-gap extension.  These are acceptable through September 30 during the year the H-1B petition was filed. The cap-gap period extends an eligible F-1 student’s status to bridge the time between the end of F-1 status and start of H-1B status. Download an example of how to verify cap-gap […]

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