Post-OPT

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Post-OPT

Post-OPT is a work benefit opportunity to gain off-campus work experience and is requested to be used after the completion of a degree program.

F-1 students are eligible for a total of 12 months of OPT per degree program. Those 12 months can be used while earning your degree (Pre-OPT), after earning your degree (Post-OPT), or a combination of both (Pre- and Post-OPT).

ISSC highly recommends that you attend an OPT Information Session prior to beginning the application process.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintenance of F-1 status for a minimum of one academic year in a degree program.

  • Employment must be directly related to your field of study. This includes volunteering and unpaid internships.

  • You must work at least 20 hours per week on average.

Conditions

  • It is not necessary to have a job when you apply for Post-OPT as USCIS does not require proof of employment when you apply for Post-OPT.

  • Any approved Pre-OPT will be deducted from your available 12 months of OPT time: accrued at half the rate when used during the semester, in full when used during the summer break when requested at full time. 

Example: Four months of approved part-time Pre-OPT subtracts 2 months of available OPT while 2 months of approved full-time Pre-OPT subtracts 2 months of available OPT.

  • Undergraduate students will use their commencement date as their degree program completion date for Post-OPT.
  • Graduate students will review the Graduate Completion Dates webpage with their academic advisor to determine the best program completion date based on their final academic requirements.
  • You are not authorized to work or volunteer until you receive your EAD card in the mail and the “Valid From” date printed on your EAD card is valid.
  • On-campus student-worker positions end upon completion of your degree program. Any student employment, including assistantships (e.g., TA/RA), after degree completion date is considered unauthorized, and will affect your immigration status unless you have approved Post-OPT and are hired on as a “staff” or “faculty” member at ASU.
  • During OPT, F-1 status is dependent upon employment.  During any initial 12-month period of post-completion OPT, no student may be unemployed for more than 90 total days.
  • It is strongly recommended that you obtain health insurance coverage to bridge the gap between the end of your student health insurance and the start date of your employer's health insurance plan or if your employer does not provide health insurance.  Visit ASU Health Services - Health Coverage Options to see when your insurance will end after graduation.

If 12 months of full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or 12 months of full-time Pre-OPT have been used, you will not be eligible for Post-OPT (including STEM Extension). 

When to Apply

To allow for the 10-day ISSC processing time and the 90-day USCIS processing time, ASU ISSC recommends applying for Post-OPT no more than 100 days prior to your completion date. This will maximize your opportunity to receive your EAD card on time.

Post-OPT recommended I-20s will be ready no earlier than the 90th day before prior to your completion date. 

OPT Calculator

Use the OPT calculator to help determine your EAD card dates.

OPT Calculator

 

How to choose your OPT start date

You get to choose the date you would like OPT authorization to begin, within the 60-day period following your program end date.

Most jobs start on Mondays. Try to select a Monday start day.

Here are some things to consider:

The time you may need to find a job.  If you have a job offer, simply select the day your employment begins. If you don’t, you may want to maximize the time you'll have for job-hunting by choosing the latest possible date. The downside, however, is that you cannot begin employment until the start date on your EAD.

Processing times. The ISSC can take up to 10 business days to process the OPT request once we receive your academic advisor's endorsement. The average USCIS processing time is 90 days, however, they can also take longer, and frequently do. Please also visit USCIS’s Processing Times website for their most up-to-date processing times.

You can not change your requested start date Currently, USCIS does not have a process in place to request a change in your OPT start date while the application is pending.

ISSC processes requests on a first come first serve basis and is unable to expedite requests. To request expedited processing from USCIS, please visit USCIS’s website for details. The ISSC suggests to include a copy of your job offer letter to further support your expedited request. 

There is a maximum of 90 days of unemployment. Students on post-completion OPT may have up to 90 days of unemployment. The 90 days starts counting from your approved OPT/EAD start date (this is the date listed on your EAD card) and is cumulative. 

International travel plans.  Once you completed your program, you will be expected to have your EAD card in hand to re-enter the United States.  For more information visit our travel page.

Use the OPT calculator to help determine your EAD card dates.

How to Apply for Post-OPT

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Submit Post-OPT e-Form to ISSC

Submit your application materials to the ISSC through the ISSC eForm Portal (not to be confused with the SEVP Portal) NO MORE THAN 100 days prior to your program completion date.  ISSC will release your I-20 on or after the 90th day prior to your completion date.  

Please have the following materials ready PRIOR to submitting the e-Form:

  • Copy of biographical page of passport (page with your picture on it) valid at least six months into the future (NOT your visa).
  • Copy of recent I-94 arrival record (NOT your travel history). 
    i94 arrival record
  • Copy of the front and back of prior EAD cards at your current degree program level (if applicable).
  • Copy of $100 OPT Case Management Payment receipt email notification (NOT a screenshot of your “cart”).
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Please allow the ISSC up to 10 days to process your Post-OPT request.

The ISSC cannot process your Post-OPT request until AFTER your academic advisor has approved your completion date. Any delay in your academic advisor’s approval is NOT part of the ISSC’s 10-day processing time; please plan ahead.

02

Receive your Post-OPT I-20 from ISSC

  • USCIS will reject applications received prior to the 90th day before the student’s program end date. If the ISSC receives your eForm too early, your I-20 will be held and ready at or after the 90th day.  
  • You will receive an email notification from the ISSC with your new Post-OPT I-20 and instructions attached.
  • If you would like a paper copy of your Post-OPT I-20, please review our Receiving Documents webpage for more information.

You must review the information within your I-20 for accuracy, then sign and date in blue ink.

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Submit Application to USCIS for Processing

After receiving your Post-OPT I-20 from the ISSC, you will need to submit your documents to USCIS no more than 90 days before your program end date, before your 60 day grace period ends and within 30 days of the date the ISSC signed your I-20 (date issued).  Applications received more than 90 days before your program end date, after your 60 day grace period or after the 30-day signature limit will be denied by USCIS.

There are two methods for submitting your Post-OPT application to USCIS: online or paper. The ISSC highly recommends that you use the online method.

You must file the following documents with your application:

  • Post-OPT application checklist (not required for online application).
  • Payment (choose one of the following):
    • For paper applications: Form G-1450 (for credit card payments), personal or cashier’s check, or money order, for $410.00 payable to "US Department of Homeland Security" (do not abbreviate).
    • For online applications: Online applications must use Pay.gov to securely submit payment via credit card or checking/savings account.
  • Form G-1145 (not required for online application).
  • Form I-765.
    • For paper applications: USCIS frequently updates this form which changes the edition (date).  Your application will be rejected or denied if you use the incorrect form.  Before mailing your application be sure to verify that you are using the correct edition.
    • For online applications: The questions on this form will be asked throughout the online application process.
  • copy of pages 1 and 2 of new I-20 signed by DSO and student (do not include F2 dependent I-20s).
  • Copy of recent I-94 arrival record (NOT your travel history).
  • Copy of the front and back of prior EAD cards at the current program level (if applicable).
  • Copy of biographical page of passport (page with your picture on it) valid at least six months into the future (NOT your visa).
  • Two passport-style photos (2” x 2”)
    • For paper applications: Name and I-94 admission number should be written lightly on back in pencil placed in a small envelope.
Carefully follow all instructions provided to you when submitting your application materials to USCIS, and keep copies of all completed applications for your personal records. If you have a job offer letter from a company, you may include it with your application, but it is NOT required (add the letter at the end of your packet for USCIS). 

For a comprehensive step by step review of your Post-OPT application packet and instructions enroll in the Self-Guided Post-OPT Packet Review Canvas course.

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Tips for Avoiding Application Rejections, Denials, Delays, and Receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) from USCIS:

  • DO NOT submit your application to USCIS prior to 90 days before your program completion date. USCIS will cash your payment and deny your application if it is received prior to 90 days before your program completion date.
  • USCIS must receive your application within 30 days of the date the ISSC signed your I-20 (date issued). If your application will not make it to USCIS within 30 days, you must request a new I-20 from the ISSC by completing the Replacement for I-20 eForm through the ISSC eForm Portal, and choosing the “I-20 cannot be submitted after 30th day of issuance” option.
  • Print, sign and date your OPT I-20 in blue ink.
  • Paper submission only:
    • Sign and date Form I-765 in black ink.
    • Do not staple anything, bind your entire application packet with one clip.
    • Fill out a personal check or money order, including the date, payable to the US Department of Homeland Security and write the amount in numbers ($410.00) and words (Four hundred ten dollars and 00/100), and sign it. Add your I-94 admission number in the “Memo:” or “For:” line on your check (bottom left), or somewhere appropriate on the money order.
    • Follow the mailing instructions and checklist provided by the ISSC.
    • The United States Postal Service (USPS/ “the post office”) will not forward EAD cards. If you are moving, you must update your address within 10 days by:

If for any reason you receive a Rejection, Denial, or a Request for Evidence (RFE) Notice from USCIS, or if you receive your application materials back from the postal/shipping service, DO NOT resend the materials. Inform ISSC by completing the OPT/STEM USCIS Notice Upload eForm for further advisement.  

Receiving your Receipt Notice, EAD Card, and maintaining F-1 status while on Post-OPT.

Please remember, USCIS processes and approves your application, NOT ASU. Therefore, you should contact USCIS (1-800-375-5283) regarding application issues and/or delays. USCIS cannot change requested start/end dates nor can they change your completion dates. Once submitted, the only way to edit anything in your application will be to request USCIS to withdraw your case. You MUST speak with an ISSC advisor prior to requesting application withdrawal from USCIS.

If you submit Form G-1145, you will receive notification of application arrival (i.e., Receipt Notice) via text and/or email within 72 hours, and you will also receive a paper Notice of Action (i.e., receipt notice) from USCIS within four weeks of filing. If you filed online, you will receive your receipt notice and receipt number instantly through myUSCIS upon submission of your application.  You will receive your EAD Card approximately two weeks after USCIS approves your application.

  • If you will not graduate as planned, visit or contact ISSC immediately for further immigration advisement.
  • The receipt number printed on the receipt notice, text, or email will allow you to track your application’s progress using USCIS’s website.
  • If filed a paper application and you have not received your receipt notice within 30 days, please email lockboxsupport@uscis.dhs.gov and include the tracking information of your delivery confirmation.
  • It takes approximately 90 days to process a Post-OPT application. You may check the USCIS website for current processing times. If your application is taking longer than the posted processing time you may submit an inquiry for a case outside normal processing time with USCIS.
  • If your application is still processing after their currently posted processing times, you may submit a case inquiry with USCIS regarding their delay in processing times.
  • The United States Postal Service (USPS/ “the post office”) will not forward EAD cards. If you are moving, you must update your address within 10 days by:

While on Post-OPT, you must continue to maintain F-1 status by doing the following:

  • DO NOT work until you receive your EAD card, or before or beyond the “Valid From” date printed on your EAD card (this includes volunteering and unpaid internships).
  • Check your My ASU account and ASU email regularly for immigration updates.
  • Do not exceed the 90-days of cumulative unemployment allowed during the Post-OPT period. Periods of unemployment occur when students have a valid EAD card but are not working.
  • Submit a copy of your EAD card through the ISSC eForm Portal and report demographic and address information changes through the Optional Practical Training link in your My ASU account.
  • Review the accuracy of your name and the dates on the EAD Card and report any discrepancies to the ISSC immediately by email to issc.employment@asu.edu.
  • You must keep all original I-20s and all your prior immigration documents indefinitely, for possible use in the future. The ISSC does not retain the student’s original I-20s.
  • Update all Post-OPT employment through the SEVP Portal including changes in your name, address, employer’s name, address, and updated status or interruption of employment.

Unemployment 90-day rule

The rule states that during OPT, F-1 status is dependent upon employment. During any initial 12-month period of post-completion OPT, no student may be unemployed for more than 90 days and 150 days during the STEM extension period.

From the beginning of the authorization date listed on your EAD card, a student should be working or actively seeking employment. If you decide to quit your job, or if you do not find a job, keep the unemployment rules in mind.

  • Students on post-completion OPT may have up to 90 days of unemployment. The 90 days start counting from your approved OPT/EAD start date (this is the date listed on your EAD card) and are cumulative.
  • If you accumulate 90 days or more of unemployment, you are in violation of your F-1 status. You are expected to leave the U.S., transfer to another school, or change your visa status before the 90th day.
  • Students who are granted a 24-month extension are given an additional 60 days of unemployment for a total of 150 days over their entire post-completion OPT and STEM periods.
  • Approved vacation from a job does not count as "unemployment" if you are still considered an employee there. 
  • Jobs that are less than 20 hours per week will count towards the 90-day unemployment limit.
  • Volunteering and unpaid internships directly related to your field of study during a valid OPT period are authorized and considered as valid employment. 

What types of employment are allowed for Post-OPT?

All OPT employment, including post-completion OPT, must be in a job that is directly related to the student's program of study.

The types of employment allowed during the initial 12-month period of OPT include (these DO NOT apply to the STEM Extension):

Paid employment/internship.
A student may work part time (at least 20 hours per week when on post-completion OPT) or full time.

Multiple employers.
A student may work for more than one employer, but all employment must be related to the student’s degree program.  

Short-term multiple employers (performing artists).
A student, such as a musician or other type of performing artist, may work for multiple short-term employers (gigs). The student should maintain a list of all gigs, the dates and duration.

Work for hire.
This is also commonly referred to as 1099 employment, where an individual performs a service based on a contractual relationship rather than an employment relationship. If requested by DHS, the student must be prepared to provide evidence showing the duration of the contract period and the name and address of the contracting company.

Self-employed business owner.
A student on OPT may start a business and be self-employed. The student must be able to prove that he or she has the proper business licenses and is actively engaged in a business related to the student’s degree program.

Employment through an agency or consulting firm.
A student on post-completion OPT must be able to provide evidence showing he or she worked an average of at least 20 hours per week while employed by the agency.

Unpaid employment.
A student may work as a volunteer or unpaid intern where this practice does not violate any labor laws (these DO NOT apply to the STEM Extension). The work must be at least 20 hours per week for a student on post-completion OPT and directly related to the student's field of study. A student must be able to provide evidence acquired from the student’s employer to verify that the student worked at least 20 hours per week during the period of employment.

60-Day Grace Period After the 12-month Post-OPT 

You are allowed a 60-day grace period following your 12-month Post-OPT expiration date to leave the U.S., change your status, transfer your F-1 to a new school, or pursue a new degree program at ASU.

Early Completion of the 12-month Post-OPT and Leaving the U.S., or Change of Status

If you left the United States, submit the F-1 Demographic Update eForm through the ISSC eForm Portal with proof of leaving the US such as; the travel history page of your I-94, or the air tickets.  We will then complete your records. This update will invalidate your Post-OPT employment authorization, and your I-20 and EAD card will no longer be valid.

If you change your visa status before your Post-OPT expiration date, submit the F-1 Demographic Update eForm through the ISSC eForm Portal and upload form I-797A Approval Notice or other evidence you have received a new visa status.

Frequently asked questions

Can I withdraw my Post-OPT application?

Can I withdraw my Post-OPT application?

Each withdrawal situation is different. Therefore, to determine the right advisement you should visit or contact the ISSC immediately so we can provide you further immigration advisement. The situation becomes critical as you approach the completion date listed on your I-20.

Withdrawing is not always guaranteed. Approval of withdrawal will depend on the time frame of the request, including USCIS’s 30 days to process your request. The $410 filing fee is non-refundable.

What if I do not complete my degree program as reported on my OPT application?

What if I do not complete my degree program as reported on my OPT application?

You must visit or contact the ISSC immediately so we can provide you further immigration advisement. The situation becomes critical as you approach the completion date listed on your I-20.  Therefore, as soon as you suspect you will not complete your program of study you must contact the ISSC. This situation may have serious immigration consequences.

Can I do a second post-OPT after I finish a second degree?

Can I do a second post-OPT after I finish a second degree?

You are eligible for 12 months of OPT (Pre and Post) at each higher degree level. For example, if you have been granted OPT at the bachelor’s level previously, you will not have OPT available again at the bachelor’s level. Also, if you are pursuing dual majors at the same degree level (minors do not count), you will need to decide which major to use when applying for Post-OPT.

Can I change employers while on post-OPT?

Can I change employers while on post-OPT?

Yes, so long as the new employment is directly related to your field of study and you work a minimum of 20 hours per week. No special permission is required to change employers. Remember, you must update your employer information via the SEVP Portal within 10 days of the change.

Do I need to report employment while on post-OPT?

Do I need to report employment while on post-OPT?

Yes, you will do this via the SEVP Portal (not in My ASU). Once your OPT is approved and the start date is current, you will receive an email from do-not-replay.SEVP@ice.dhs.gov with directions on how to set up your SEVP Portal account. Check your SPAM and JUNK email folders if you do not receive this email once your Post-OPT is approved and the start date is current.

For more information on the SEVP Portal, please read through https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevp-portal-help

I did not receive my SEVP portal email

I did not receive my SEVP portal email

You will be mailed an invitation to create an SEVP portal account on the start date (valid from date) printed on your EAD card.It can take up to 72 hours from your start date to receive the email. If you did not receive an email from do-not-reply.SEVP@ice.dhs.gov with the subject line: Optional Practical Training Approval, please check the Spam folder in your ASU email account. 

If you still cannot find the email, please do the following:

  1. Go to the MyISSC eForm portal.
  2. Under F-1 Practical Training, submit the SEVP Portal Issues eForm.
  3. The ISSC cannot process the SEVP Portal Issues eForm until you have submitted the Post-OPT EAD Upload eForm found under F-1 Practical Training in the  MyISSC eForm portal

After your eForm has been processed by the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC), which may take up to 5 business days, SEVP will send an email containing the subject line: Optional Practical Training Approval - the next step. You are required to use your ASU email address as listed on My ASU to create your SEVP Portal account. 

If your password is entered incorrectly 3 consecutive times or if you have not logged into your SEVP Portal account for 45 days or more, the account will be locked automatically. You should receive an email from SEVP containing the subject line: Your account has been locked for too many SEVIS ID validation failures. Please follow the instructions on that email.

If you did not receive this email, try to reset your password by the following steps: 

  1. Click on “Reset password,” then enter your ASU Public Email address (as listed on your My ASU Profile) and your SEVIS ID (It starts with N00 and is listed on your Form I-20) and click on “Update Password.”

  2. Next, check your ASU email to see if you have received a temporary password and a link from the SEVP Portal. If not, check your Spam folder.

  3. After following the link, enter the temporary password as the “current password,” and set a new password.

If resetting your password does not work, submit the SEVP Portal Issues eForm found in the MyISSC eForm portal under F-1 Practical Training. 

 

Can I apply for less than 12 months of post-OPT and save the other months for later use at the same degree level?

Can I apply for less than 12 months of post-OPT and save the other months for later use at the same degree level?

There is no problem with breaking months in a Pre-OPT situation (separate filing fees apply); however, breaking Post-OPT time into different months is not recommended because the ISSC cannot guarantee that you will be granted use of the remaining months later.

My OPT application has been processing for 90 days, what do I do?

My OPT application has been processing for 90 days, what do I do?

As long as your application was received by USCIS, you are allowed to stay in the US until your application is adjudicated. You do not need to leave the US simply because your OPT was not approved within 90 days. Please visit USCIS Case Status Online and enter your receipt number (YSC########) to monitor your application progress. Check USCIS processing times to see how long they are taking on I-765 applications for Potomac, and if they are outside of their normal processing time, submit a Case Inquiry. Nevertheless, you cannot work, intern, or volunteer, and you should not travel until your application is adjudicated. If your OPT application has been approved you need to wait until your EAD card arrives (1-3 weeks after approval). You are NOT considered unemployed when your application is still pending.

Can I start working after I file with USCIS?

Can I start working after I file with USCIS?

No. You cannot start working until your application is approved, the start date is current, and you have your EAD card in-hand. This includes intern or volunteer work. 

My 60-day grace period has ended but my application has not been approved, what do I do?

My 60-day grace period has ended but my application has not been approved, what do I do?

As long as your application was received by USCIS, you are allowed to stay in the US until your application is adjudicated.  You do not need to leave the US simply because your OPT was not approved within your 60-day grace period. Nevertheless, you cannot work, intern, or volunteer until your application is adjudicated. 

I have been unemployed for almost 90 days, what should I do?

I have been unemployed for almost 90 days, what should I do?

If you accumulate 90 days or more of unemployment during Post-OPT, you are in violation of status and will be accumulating unlawful presence in the U.S. Please be prepared to depart or make other arrangements to keep your record free from unlawful presence accumulation. If you have a job offer that will start after your 90 days of unemployment, we do not suggest taking it since you will be accumulating unlawful presence.  A student may be denied future immigration benefits that rely on the student’s valid F-1 status if DHS determines that the student exceeded the limitations on unemployment.

Can I change my requested start and end dates?

Can I change my requested start and end dates?

If you have NOT mailed your application to USCIS, you can request a change of your OPT start date. Please visit the ISSC with your application for further instructions. However, if you HAVE mailed your application to USCIS, it is very difficult to change dates, which requires withdrawing your application, and may result in losing your Post-OPT benefit. Withdrawing the OPT application can be difficult and the fee is non-refundable. It can take up to 30 days for USCIS to respond to the withdraw request, and your application may be approved by then. Once OPT has been approved, no changes can be made.

What is my visa status after I complete my program?

What is my visa status after I complete my program?

You will remain in F-1 status while your application is adjudicated, during your Post-OPT and your 60-day grace period after OPT.

Are there any employer or location restrictions for working in the U.S. while on post-OPT/STEM?

Are there any employer or location restrictions for working in the U.S. while on post-OPT/STEM?

If you are authorized for Post-OPT, there are no employer or location restrictions; however, please choose a job that will have you work in the U.S., not in another country.  The job duties, not the job title or employer, must be related to your course of study.

What if I lost my EAD card?

What if I lost my EAD card?

The only way to receive a new EAD is by submitting a new I-765 and supporting documents (i.e., I-765, fee, letter of explanation, and I-20). It is impossible to replace an EAD card if you are outside the U.S.

If you need a replacement EAD card, you must submit the following to the Lockbox based on your current address:

  • A new Form I-765

  • The Form I-765 filing fee

  • A letter explaining your request

  • Copy of an updated I-20 showing OPT as approved

 

If you did not receive your EAD card that USCIS mailed, you can also submit an inquiry on the non-delivery of a card.

The ISSC highly suggests that you start working prior to returning your EAD card for correction so you are not unemployed while your card is being corrected. It could take up to 90 days to receive your corrected EAD card.

My EAD card says “not valid for re-entry” on it, does this mean I cannot travel outside of the U.S.?

My EAD card says “not valid for re-entry” on it, does this mean I cannot travel outside of the U.S.?

This simply means that you must carry other documents to show proof of your eligibility to re-enter the U.S. such as your I-20, passport and valid F-1 visa stamp. The EAD alone is not enough to re-enter the U.S. 

Can I enter the us on a different visa status and continue to work on post-OPT/STEM?

Can I enter the us on a different visa status and continue to work on post-OPT/STEM?

No. Do not enter the U.S. on any visa other than F-1 or you will lose your F-1 status and your Post-OPT will be invalidated.

Can I take classes while on post-OPT/STEM?

Can I take classes while on post-OPT/STEM?

The primary purpose of Post-OPT/STEM is working.  Taking classes can be done as an incidental part of your stay.  Students are allowed to enroll in non-degree seeking classes. A full-time or degree-seeking program of study while on OPT/STEM is not allowed.

If you decide to go back to school full-time, you will need to request a for SEVIS transfer out from the ISSC to transfer your SEVIS Record and I-20 to the new school.

If you will start a new degree program at ASU, you need to request a new degree I-20 from the ISSC before the new degree program start date or before the end of the 60-day grace period following the Post-OPT/STEM expiration date, whichever is earlier. 

If you decide to transfer your record to another institution or pursue a new degree program, your Post-OPT/STEM will be invalidated once you receive the new degree I-20.

Can I extend my post-OPT?

Can I extend my post-OPT?

No, there are no extensions of Post-OPT unless you are STEM eligible.  After your OPT ends you have a 60-day grace period to either change your visa status, transfer to another school, pursue a new degree program at ASU, or return home.   You are not authorized to work during the grace period (unless you have a pending STEM OPT extension application).

Can I start a new degree program while on post-OPT/STEM?

Can I start a new degree program while on post-OPT/STEM?

Yes.  However, if you decide to pursue a new degree program, your Post-OPT/STEM will be invalidated once you receive the new degree I-20.  If you will start a new degree program at ASU, you need to request a new degree I-20 from the ISSC before the new degree program start date or before the end of the 60-day grace period following the Post-OPT expiration date, whichever is earlier. 

If you will start a new degree program at another institution, you have to request for SEVIS transfer out from the ISSC. This must be done before the end of the 60-day grace period following the Post-OPT expiration date.

How long can I stay in the U.S. after my post-OPT/STEM ends?

How long can I stay in the U.S. after my post-OPT/STEM ends?

You have a 60-day grace period after your Post-OPT/STEM ends to either change your visa status, transfer to another school, pursue a new degree program at ASU, or return home.  You are not authorized to work during this time (unless you have a pending STEM OPT extension application).

Can I change my address while my post-OPT/STEM application is pending?

Can I change my address while my post-OPT/STEM application is pending?

Yes, must update your Local Address via My ASU within 10 days of any changes. You must also submit an address change via USCIS’s website within 10 days of moving. 

The United States Postal Service (USPS/ “the post office”) will not forward EAD cards. If you are moving, you must update your address within 10 days by:

What if there are errors on my post-OPT/STEM EAD card?

What if there are errors on my post-OPT/STEM EAD card?

If your EAD contains incorrect information that is not due to a USCIS error, you must submit:

  • A new Form I-765,
  • The filing fee, if required (or a request for a fee waiver),
  • Any documents specified in the form instructions, and
  • The card containing the error.

If your EAD contains incorrect information because of a USCIS error, we will make the appropriate correction at no additional cost to you. In these cases, you do not need to submit a new Form I-765 or a filing fee. Instead, you must submit:

  • The original card containing the error,
  • A detailed explanation of the card error, and
  • Supporting documentation on the correct information. 

Submit this information to the service center or National Benefit Center that approved your latest Form I-765.

In either case, if they receive your application or request for a replacement EAD and you no longer have any basis for applying for an EAD or employment authorization, they will not return the card and will notify you that you do not have a current basis for applying for an EAD or employment authorization.

I am locked out of the SEVP portal

I am locked out of the SEVP portal

If your password is entered incorrectly 3 consecutive times or if you have not logged into your SEVP Portal account for 45 days or more, the account will be locked automatically. You should receive an email from SEVP containing the subject line: Your account has been locked for too many SEVIS ID validation failures. Please follow the instructions on that email.

If you did not receive this email, try to reset your password by the following steps: 

  1. Click on “Reset password,” then enter your ASU Public Email address (as listed on your My ASU Profile) and your SEVIS ID (It starts with N00 and can is listed on your Form I-20) and click on “Update Password.”

  2. Next, check your ASU email to see if you have received a temporary password and a link from the SEVP Portal. If not, check your Spam folder.

  3. After following the link, enter the temporary password as the “current password,” and set a new password.

If resetting your password does not work, submit the Reporting SEVP Portal Issues eForm found in the MyISSC eForm portal under F-1 Practical Training. 

I RECEIVE AN ERROR WHEN TRYING TO CREATE MY SEVP PORTAL ACCOUNT

I RECEIVE AN ERROR WHEN TRYING TO CREATE MY SEVP PORTAL ACCOUNT

You will be mailed an invitation to create an SEVP portal account on the start date (valid from date) printed on your EAD card.It can take up to 72 hours from your start date to receive the email. You will be unable to create an SEVP Portal account until you receive this email.

If you receive an error while trying to create an SEVP Portal account, please do the following:

  1. Go to the MyISSC eForm portal.
  2. Under F-1 Practical Training, submit the SEVP Portal Issues eForm.
  3. The ISSC cannot process the SEVP Portal Issues eForm until you have submitted the Post-OPT EAD Upload eForm found under F-1 Practical Training in the  MyISSC eForm portal

Can I send my application to any service center?

Can I send my application to any service center?

No. You must submit the POST-OPT/STEM application to the appropriate lockbox designated by USCIS. Please check USCIS’s I-765 lockbox addresses https://www.uscis.gov/i-765 by scrolling down to Where to file. To avoid this issue, the ISSC highly recommends all students utilize myUSCIS to file their application online.

Do dependants or spouses get a new post-OPT/STEM I-20?

Do dependants or spouses get a new post-OPT/STEM I-20?

Yes, they will, however, you will NOT provide USCIS with copies of their I-20s for your Post-OPT/STEM application. Only provide USCIS with your I-20.

Can I check the status of my post-OPT/STEM application after I submit it to USCIS?

Can I check the status of my post-OPT/STEM application after I submit it to USCIS?

Yes. If you applied online, simply log into myUSCIS to check the status of your application. If you submitted a paper application, you must wait to receive a text/email or USCIS I-797A Notice of Action (i.e., receipt notice with receipt number), visit USCIS Case Status Online and enter your receipt number (YSC########). You can also call USCIS. Their phone number is 1-800-375-5283. Be sure to have your receipt number ready before you call. You can also set up an account with them. (When their phone prompts, your receipt number letters YSC = 972).

Can you expedite my post-OPT/STEM application?

Can you expedite my post-OPT/STEM application?

The ISSC takes up to 10 days to process Post-OPT/STEM requests. Our processing times can vary due to caseload; therefore, cases cannot be expedited and will only be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The average USCIS processing time is 90 days, however, they can also take longer, and frequently do. To request expedited processing from USCIS, please visit USCIS’s website for details. The ISSC suggests to include a copy of your job offer letter to further support your request for expedited processing. Please also visit USCIS’s Processing Times website for their most up-to-date processing times.