Post-Completion OPT

​General Information

Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) may be authorized for an F-1 student who has lawfully enrolled in an academic program on a full-time basis for one full academic year, after the completion of the degree or after completion of all course requirements for the degree (excluding thesis or equivalent). Post Completion OPT is OPT authorized for employment after a student’s program end date on their Form I-20.

See the OPT General Information packet for specific details.

OPT Application Procedure

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Please note that the OPT application must be received by USCIS within 30 days of the advisor OPT recommendation in SEVIS, including both mailed packets and requests filed online.

Once an application has been received by USCIS, it may take up to 90 days or longer to complete processing. Students are not allowed to begin employment until they receive their EAD card in the mail and their approved start date has been reached. Please allow sufficient time for processing.​​ OGE cannot check on the status of your case with USCIS nor can we expedite your request.