Post-Completion Optional Practical Training. International Students & Scholars Office Tess Casler, Director. AGENDA. Review Optional Practical Training Answer the question - What are the new OPT rules? STEM extension Cap-Gap provision Unemployment How/when to apply Travel
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Post-Completion Optional Practical Training
International Students & Scholars Office
Tess Casler, Director
What is Optional Practical Training?
“temporary employment for practical training directed related to the student’s major area of study.”
8 C.F.R. – 214.2(f) (10) (ii)
8 C.F.R. - [214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A)(1)]
8 C.F.R. - [214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A)(2)]
8 C.F.R. – [214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A)(3)]
What are the ‘new’ OPT rules?
Highlights – broken down
Exception: The 17-month extension period will begin the day after your current 12-month OPT period and end 17 months later – regardless of when the extension is approved
17 month STEM extensions are only possible once per lifetime – regardless of your degree level.
Post-completion OPT is now dependent upon employment – in order to maintain status while on OPT – students are now limited in the amount of time they can be unemployed.
How/When to apply
Once you discuss your plans with your advisor and have reviewed the information on the ISSO website – gather the following materials before you make an appointment with my office.
Please be sure you use a valid mailing address.
Note – you can use my address
This is the code for post-completion OPT -(c)(3)(B)
STEM Ext – (c)(3)(C)
Pre-completion – (c)(3)(A)
Timing when you apply for OPT can be a difficult challenge considering new and updated OPT regulations. During our appointment we can get into various timeline scenarios. However –
Travel while on OPT
I have a detailed FAQ on travel on OPT – please review.
For all intents and purposes – you are able to travel while your application is pending and in some cases when approved.