I got a Bachelor's and started my OPT in November 2012; expires at the end of October 2013.
My current company doesn't seem like a good fit to sponsor my H1B (because the college courses I took don't quite fit what I do at work now, small size of company etc.).
I am thinking of getting a Marketing Certificate (1-year program, max 2-year F-1 status available). From my understanding, I can't get another OPT or CPT after the certificate because I already have Bachelor's.
1. Can I apply for H1B while enrolled in my certificate program?
2. Can I not work for the sponsor company until October 1st (assuming it's approved)? For example, I file for H1B in April, graduate in June, then my company has to wait until October to actually have me start working for them?
Thank you in advance!