Post-Completion OPT

The information here is for enrolled International Students on F-1 visas.

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.

NOTE

Post-Completion Dates

These dates exclude students who wish to use thesis/dissertation defense date as program completion date. In this case, students should discuss details with an OIE advisor during regular advising hours. To speak with an advisor, please click the bookings button below to schedule an appointment.
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Spring 2023 Dates

 

  • Earliest date we will start accepting OPT applications for Spring 2023 program completion: Thursday, February 9, 2023

 

  • Earliest start date for post completion Spring 2023 program completion: Thursday, May 11, 2023.

 

  • The latest start date for post completion Spring 2023 program completion: Monday, July10, 2023.

 

  • The last date OIE to guarantee OPT I-20 processing for Spring 2023 program completion: Monday , June 26, 2023.

 

Summer 2023 Dates

 

  • Earliest date we will start accepting OPT applications for Summer 2023 program completion: Friday, May 12, 2023.

 

  • Earliest start date for post completion Summer 2023 program completion: Saturday, August 12, 2023.

 

  • The latest start date for post completion Summer 2023 program completion: Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

 

  • The last date OIE can guarantee OPT I-20 processing for Summer 2023 program completion: Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

GENERAL OVERVIEW

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 international@uta.edu. We recommend that you type the I-765. A sample of a filled I-765 is available here.

Please allow up to 7 business days for processing. During that time, the OIE will issue a new I-20 and email it to your @mavs.uta.edu email address.

After you have signed the I-20, you will need to mail your application to USCIS. See the eShipGlobal mailing instructions on the F-1 & J-1 Office procedures page here. 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 recommendation is more than 30 days old on the date they receive the application.

The OIE will contact you when your card arrives. You may:

  • Pick up the card yourself.
  • Schedule a shipment via e-ShipGlobal.

$410* please consult the USCIS fee calculator on the day you mail the application to confirm current fees.

Management and Processing Fee - $150

An OPT Processing and Case Management Fee will be charged when students apply for post-completion OPT and/or the 24-month STEM extension. This fee will be used to subsidize the costs associated with the mandatory case management for students on Optional Practical Training after graduation.

The following fees will apply:

  • 12 Month OPT: $150
  • 24 Month OPT Extension: $175

This fee is not for expedited processing. Please allow up to 7 business days for processing.

 

OPT FEES

PAYMENT PROCESS

Payment for OPT fees will be processed through the self-service page on your MyMav account only. This process allows you to use a credit card or an electronic check to pay for services. These fees cannot be paid to OIE or the Office of Student Accounts.
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