CPT to H-1B

For those on CPT (curricular practical training) and looking to switch to the H-1B visa, the earliest filing date is April 1, 2019.

4/1/2019 is when the FY 2020 H-1B Visa cap opens. Most applicants will request a 10/1/2019 start date.

In years past the h-1b quota has filled relatively quickly. The current quota filled in the first 5 days of April, 2018.

It is important to note that CPT holders do NOT benefit from the H-1b cap gap rule.

That means that if your CPT expires prior to July 1st (you have a 60 day grace period), you may be required to leave the U.S., or switch to a different non-immigrant status. You would then be able to return to the U.S. and start work in H-1B status on 10/1/19.

Another important aspect of the H-1B visa is that there is a minimum prevailing wage that must be offered. You will want to check the offered salary against the DOL OES prevailing wages.

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4 important facts for CPT to H-1B Visa:

1) Earliest Filing Date is 4/1/2019 for a 10/1/2019 start date.

2) The H-1B Quota will probably fill quickly.

3) Make sure that you have a plan if your CPT expires prior to July 1st, 2019.

4) Check your offered salary against the DOL prevailing wage to make sure your offered salary is high enough.

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