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Immigration Issues/Opt and H1 gap within Grace period

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Hi,
   I am graduating with a masters degree in August and my Opt is from 14th Aug 2006  till 13th Aug 2007. Can I wait till next year's H1 visa quota that begins from Oct 1 2007 or do I have to file my visa now before Oct 2006?

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Petitions should be filed as soon as possible, but no more than 6 months before the proposed employment will begin or the extension of stay is required. If the petition is not submitted at least 45 days before the employment will begin, petition processing and subsequent visa issuance may not be completed before the alien's services are required or previous employment authorization ends.  

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