For those on CPT (curricular practical training) and looking to switch to the H-1B visa, the earliest filing date is April 1, 2017.
4/1/2017 is when the FY 2018 H-1B Visa cap opens. Most applicants will request a 10/1/2017 start date.
In years past the h-1b quota has filled relatively quickly. The current quota filled in the first 5 days of April, 2016.
An important thing to know is 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 10/1/17.
Another important part 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 4/1/17 for a 10/1/17 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, 2017.
4) Check your offered salary against the DOL prevailing wage to make sure your offered salary is high enough.
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