Safe to apply for STEM-OPT during H1-B Cap-Gap
My company filed my H1-B this year. My initial OPT expires in June. My company’s law firm is not ready to apply for my STEM-OPT now. They want to wait till my H1-B application is rejected by June or picked by then.
In case my H1-B is picked, they wouldn’t apply for STEM-OPT. I fear that in case my H1-B isn’t approved quickly then, is it okay to apply for STEM-OPT after my initial OPT expires, i.e., during H1-B cap gap period.
What should I tell my law firm about this. I feel I’m strangling to risk my visa status here.
Your inputs are appreciated 🙂