H1B 2nd lottery start date confusion


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My H1B was selected in FY2022 2nd lottery. I have questions about the start date. On Uscis website they say the start date can be oct1st or upto 6 month later from the petition receipt date. This was newly added FAQ on august 26th on their website. I am wondering if I can put a start date say march 15th which is 5 months from my tentative date submission of application to USCIS (i.e. Oct. 15th)
Also, if above is true, will I be able to travel out of USA since I will still on valid F1STEM OPT status.


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