Wednesday, February, 1st, 2023 Immigration News and Updates Student Resources
If you are an F-1 student completing this May, and are planning to start a new program of study (either at Tufts or another US university) in the summer or fall, you will need to initiate either a change of educational level request or F-1 transfer request before the end of your F-1 sixty day grace period. Contact the International Center as soon as you know your plans so that we can provide a more precise timeline.
Once you complete your studies, on-campus employment authorization ends. You are no longer permitted to work in your on-campus job past the final day of your final semester (May 12, 2023 for most programs, but it may vary for other programs). To continue working past your program completion date, you must have authorization under Optional Practical Training (OPT) - see the next section.
Apply for post-completion Optional Practical Training if you plan to stay in the US after completing your program in order to look for work related to your major. The International Center will start processing OPT requests for May graduates in mid-February. Start by attending a virtual OPT workshop and reading our OPT instructions. You may not apply for OPT once more than 60 days past your completion date have passed.
J-1 students should contact the International Center for post-completion Academic Training information.
Confirm the end of your student health insurance plan (whether through Tufts or an outside provider) and make plans to extend or obtain additional coverage once your student plan ends. Consult the International Center if looking for outside providers. If you have a job offer, consult with your employer for health insurance options available through them.