I am on OPT and am employed by an accredited, nonprofit university. The university is going to sponsor me for an H1B position. Do they need to follow the H1B cap timelines?


Accredited, nonprofit universities are generally cap-exempt employers. If a person is going to be employed by a cap-exempt employer, the standard H1B cap timelines would not apply. There is no need to submit a registration, apply in the lottery, etc. The petition can normally be filed at any time, so long as the start date will be within 6 months from the date of filing.  (04.Mar.2021)

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