Opportunity for international students to work for any employer, if the training relates to the student’s major course of study
Optional Practical Training (OPT) follows completion of all degree course requirements or course of study.
Twelve (12) months of OPT are allowed for each higher educational level. Cannot get OPT for each subsequent degree at the same level.
Student must request OPT and apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from USCIS within the 90-day period prior to the degree completion or within 60 days following program end date. Student cannot begin working until they have the EAD in hand.
OPT must be completed within 14 months of graduation.
If student’s OPT is due to expire before an approved change of status to H-1B, OPT and employment authorization will automatically be extended to September 30th of the calendar year.
The student must request OPT and apply for the EAD from USCIS as early as possible within the 90-day period prior to degree completion or within 60 days of the program ending. USCIS can take up to 2-3 months to approve and issue the EAD, and the student cannot work until they have the EAD in hand. Premium Processing is not available.
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