International Services

The Tampa Office of International Services is now located in BEH 255. Please see our contact page for more details and the new walk-in schedule for services.

H1-B Cap Gap

Per the April 8, 2008 Interim Final Rule, an F-1 student currently on OPT who is the beneficiary of a timely-filed H-1B petition subject to the cap will have duration of status and OPT employment authorization extended to an employment start date of October 1.

  • The extension for “cap gap” status and work authorization officially commences on the date of filing the H-1B (the date received by USCIS), not the receipt date.

The automatic extension terminates when USCIS rejects, denies, or revokes the H-1B petition. However, the student would have a grace period after the termination during which the student is authorized to remain in the United States for up to 60 days to prepare for departure from US, change degree level, transfer, change status, etc. as long as the student has not otherwise violated status.

If eligible, to obtain your Cap Gap notated I-20 complete the Upload H-1B Receipt for Cap Gap E-Form in iStart.

Upcoming Events
Starting Your Adventure with the Global Citizens Project (GCP) and Peace Corps Prep!
Mon. Oct 21
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Möller-Fraticelli Guitar Duo
Mon. Oct 21
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An Ever-Closer Union? Internal and External Challenges to European Integration
Tue. Oct 22
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Peace Corps: Story Slam with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at the Boba House!
Tue. Oct 22
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USF International Risk & Security Symposium
Wed. Oct 30
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