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OPT Application Season for May Graduates

Are you completing your program this May?

The International Center will start accepting requests for post-completion Optional Practical Training on Monday, February 13, 2023 for F-1 students who are completing their programs this May*. If you are planning to apply for OPT, we recommend applying early since OPT applications can take 3 months to process. You do not need a job offer to start the application process.

To apply for OPT you should follow these steps:

  • Attend a virtual OPT workshop - see our workshop calendar for the next available dates
  • Read our post-completion OPT web page
  • Submit your request for post-completion OPT through our International Center Portal
  • Wait for the International Center to process your OPT request
  • After you receive a new OPT I-20 from the International Center, submit your I-765 application to USCIS

Do not submit your I-765 application to USCIS without completing all of the above steps - USCIS will reject an incomplete application.

*Graduate students who will have finished all requirements by May except the final thesis, capstone or integrative project, or dissertation are also eligible to apply for post-completion Optional Practical Training, as long as all coursework requirements have been completed by May.

Questions? Please contact us at or contact your International Center advisor.