The OPT rule that came out recently had a provision allowing OPT work cards for F-1 students to automatically be extended until October 1st in cases where H-1B change of status applications were filed and selected in the lottery. Many people filed cases without requesting a change of status and they are not covered under the rule. However, USCIS has decided to make it easier to convert the cases to change of status and has provided email addresses to make the requests. Information explaining what to do is in the attached memorandum.

Download cap_gap_memo.pdf