As of October 1, 2018, F-1 students who received a ?cap-gap? extension and still have pending H-1B petitions no longer have work authorization. The ?cap-gap? extension, which is intended to help bridge the gap between F-1 and H-1B status, expired on September 30, 2018.
F-1 students can still remain in the U.S. while they await status changes in their H-1B petitions without accruing unlawful presence, however they cannot be employed. F-1 students with work authorizations that extend past the September 30 deadline, such as an appropriately dated I-765, may continue to work per their authorization guidelines.
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