I had been on H1B for 4.5 years. After my employment was terminated, I was admitted to Master's program and I'm currently changing my status to F1 (still pending). Once I graduate, I will get an OPT. I wanted to confirm that after graduation I will still have 1.5 years of cap-exempt H1B status + OPT (1 year) = 2.5 years of possible (if everything gets approved, etc.) work authorization. Am I right?
I agree with my colleague as to you being correct on the H-1B, and needing to check with the DSO as to the availability/length of OPT.
You would also want to speak with an attorney about your timetable for at least starting a green card case with a new, post-graduation employer to be able to preserve your ability to remain on H-1B beyond the initial six years.
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