Possible H1B rejection and OPT extension.

On April 17 my case status for H1B was RFE and on April 18th, I got the foillowing message: On April 18, 2013, the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped on your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. I do not know what it means and it has been in that status since 18th. I graduated in engineering and started working full time ( not through consultancy ) since then in IT company. My 12 month OPT will expire on October, 2013. So, I was wondering what that statement by USCIS mean and if it is rejection then am I allowed to apply for extension for OPT ?

Provo, UT -

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Woojin Won

Woojin Won

Immigration Attorney - Fort Lee, NJ
Answered

It just means USCIS issued a notice of RFE and the premium processing clock has been stopped since the initial decision has been rendered. Once your attorney submits a correspondence of the H1B RFE, the premium processing will start over 15 day premium processing from the date the correspondence is received by USCIS. You can't apply for H1B Cap Gap extension since the provision allows extension up to 09/30/2013.

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Tripti Sharad Sharma

Tripti Sharad Sharma

Immigration Attorney - Newark, CA
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Probably they issued an RFE which automatically stops the clock.

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