Hello all, I am on OPT STEM (F1 visa) extension until feb14, 2014. I got laid off by my current employer on 31st Dec...leaving me only 30 days on my OPT STEM period to stay unemployed that ends Jan 30th. I have not found any other employment yet. My 60 grace period ends on April 14th, 2014. My F1 visa expires end of July'14. I am planning to get my H1B filed this April through a consultant. Hoping that my H1 gets approved through them. So far, I have been told that I can continue residing in the country until my H1 status is pending but I am not authorized to work. I can only start working Oct'14 once my approved H1 gets activated. My questions are as follows: 1. Can I continue to stay within the country without violating any immigration status laws between 30th Jan-April 14th period and April 1st to Oct 1st in case H1 is filed & employed or H1 filed & not employed? 2. Am I eligible for cap-gap? 3. Can I file for multiple H1s? 4. In the event that my H1 is denied or my application doesn’t get selected in lottery..Do I have to leave the country immediately or do I have any options left? I would appreciate any help and feedback !! Thank you!