Optional Practical Training (OPT)

CAP GAP Extension/Transition to H1-B

A “Cap Gap” extension is a period in which an eligible F-1 student’s status is automatically extended to bridge the gap between the end of their F-1 status and the beginning of their H-1B status. The most common situation occurs when a student’s OPT ends in early spring or summer, and the 60-day grace period following the completion of their OPT ends before their H-1B status, creating a gap in status. A Cap Gap I-20 can be issued by DCISS to extend an F-1 student’s authorized period of stay in the U.S. and OPT employment authorization until the start of their H-1B status (student will not receive a new EAD).

To request a Cap Gap I-20, please submit then following via email to dcissf1unit@saonet.ucla.edu :

  • Completed I-20 Request Form (Mark Other: Cap-Gap I-20 Request)
  • Copy of your H-1B Receipt Notice or Approval Notice from USCIS
  • Copy of the front and back of your EAD CARD
  • Current shipping address with postal code
  • Select preferred delivery method:
    • Option 1: Regular USPS Mail (no tracking number or expedited delivery available, complimentary service)

      Option 2: FedEx Express Mail (tracking number and expedited delivery available, must provide DCISS with a FedEx Account #)

      Opening a FedEx Account #:
      • Via Online: www.fedex.com
      • Via Phone: 1-800-Go-FedEx (1-800-463-3339)
      • Via In-Person: Go to a local FedEx Office location to open account #.


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