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Apply for OPT early

Post-OPT work authorization allows international students with F-1 status to gain 12 months of off-campus work experience in their fields of study. F-1 students who are eligible and interested in applying for Post-OPT are encouraged to apply now. 

Application completion dates

OPT applications for fall 2022 graduates are being accepted now. We recommend applying soon, as it can take more than 90 days to receive your Employment Authorization Document. Please keep in mind your program completion date as well.  

  • The program completion date for most undergraduate students is Dec. 12, 2022. For those completing their course requirements in session A, the program completion date is Oct. 7, 2022.
  • The program completion date for graduate students depends on program requirements. Completion includes dissertation approval after defense, receipt of comprehensive exam results, or project defense. Please consult with your academic advisor. 

Note: USCIS does not require proof of employment with your application for Post-OPT.

I want to apply

Please be advised that USCIS processing times generally increase with applications submitted in late September, October, November and December