The Office of International Education will be closed at 3:00pm on May 30th. We will resume normal business hours as well as
advising hours on May 31st. You can find advising hours at: Advising Hours.

The Office of International Education will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observation of Memorial Day holiday.

New International Students - Register Here


Please attend one of the OPT seminars if you have any questions regarding OPT. See the OPT Seminar Schedule for more info.

Post-Completion OPT is a work authorization used for students who have completed coursework requirements and want to start work to gain experience in their chosen field of study. See the OPT General Overview for a complete discussion of this category.

  • The last date the OIE can guarantee OPT I-20 processing for Fall 2016 graduates is: Monday January 30, 2017
  • The earliest date we will start accepting OPT applications for Spring 2017 graduates is: Monday February 6, 2017
  • Earliest possible start date for post-completion OPT for Spring 2017 graduates: Friday May 12, 2017
  • The last date the OIE can guarantee OPT I-20 processing for Spring 2017 graduates is: Monday June 3, 2017
Note: These dates exclude students who wish to use thesis/dissertation defense date as program completion date and those who may want to apply for OPT based on summer I enrollment only. In both instances, students should discuss details with an advisor.

Request workflow:

  1. Submit the four forms/documents below and a printed copy of the email receipt showing payment of the Management and Processing fee (see instructions below) to the OIE front desk. We recommend that you type the I-765. A sample of a filled I-765 is available here.
  2. Within 7-10 business days, OIE will print a new I-20 and contact you to come and sign/pick-up new I-20.
  3. After you have signed the I-20, you will need to mail your application to USCIS. See OPT Mailing Instructions page for mailing instructions. The application must be received by USCIS within 30 days of the recommendation being added to the I-20. USCIS is currently denying requests where the OPT recomendation is more than 30 days old on the date they receive the application.
  4. The OIE will contact you when your card arrives.  You may:
    • Pick up the card yourself.
    • Send an email authorizing a specific person to pick up the card for you.
    • Provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope for us to mail the card to you. 



Management and Processing Fee - $100 ( More Details : Payment Process)


OPT Made Simple – Watch Below.

  • 1 - What is OPT? Am I Eligible?
  • 2 - How Do I Get OPT?
  • 3 - Choosing Your OPT Start Date.
  • 4 - Mailing Your Application to USCIS.

  • 5 - When to Apply for OPT?
  • 6 - OPT and Your F-1 Status.
  • 7 - Travel During OPT.
  • 8 - Pre-Completion OPT.

  • 9 - H1B Cap Gap.