Post Completion OPT

What is Post-Completion OPT?

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The work students pursue while on Post-Completion OPT must be directly related to his/her/their major field of study. Post-Completion OPT may be used either 1) after the completion of a degree program or 2) after completion of all course requirements other than thesis, project or comprehensive final exam. Post-Completion OPT is generally issued for a duration of 12 months, but may be for less time if the student has previously applied and been granted Pre-Completion OPT. 


How do I apply for Post-Completion OPT?

1) Attend an employment workshop. Application forms will be handed out at the workshop.

2) Submit the required documents to ISSS.

3) Wait for new I-20 to be created. Collect I-20 when ready.

4) Pick up I-20 and send out required documents to USCIS. 

5) Wait for EAD card to arrive before beginning any employment (paid or unpaid).

6) Submit a copy of your EAD card and the employment report form once you receive your card and begin working.


I-765 Guidelines

I-765 guidelines can be found here. Always make sure to visit USCIS's website for the most up-to-date forms and instructions.