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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 2015 graduates is: Wednesday February 4, 2016
  • The earliest date we will start accepting OPT applications for Spring 2016 graduates is: Monday February 8, 2016
  • Earliest possible start date for post-completion OPT for Spring 2016 graduates: Friday May 13, 2016
  • The last date the OIE can guarantee OPT I-20 processing for Spring 2016 graduates is: Tuesday June 28, 2016
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 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.
  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 )