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Can you travel during the cap gap period?

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i really cant miss my brother wedding....any suggestions ?

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  1. I would have to check the guidance on cap gap to tell you definitively but I believe you can if you have not exceeded your unemployment time and you have employment. Alternatively you can wait for the H approval and obtain an H visa to return within ten days of your start date.


    Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
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    2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201
    San Diego, CA 92108
    phone: (619) 299-9600, facsimile: (619) 923-3277
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    Formerly Adjunct Professor -- Immigration law
    University of Illinois College of Law


  2. You should speak to an attorney before you travel as you do not want to put your status at risk.

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  3. Please discuss with an attorney. It depends on additional items like if you are still in valid OPT status, if you have proof of an employment letter and unexpired F-1 visa. If your OPT/EAD are expired during the cap gap - no travel!


  4. Call your company's immigration attorney and discuss your situation with him/ her.

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