Optional Practical Training!. WHAT IS IT? WHY DO I WANT IT? HOW DO I GET IT? AND WHAT IS A STEM EXTENSION?. What is OPT?. Twelve (12) month work-authorization for the F-1 student visa Purpose: work experience in field of study
WHAT IS IT?
WHY DO I WANT IT?
HOW DO I GET IT?
AND WHAT IS A STEM EXTENSION?
For immigration purposes, it is NOT the day you graduate.
May 2011 -> Friday, May 13th
The OPT start date can not be more than 60 days
past your program completion date.
If your completion date is May 13th,
then the latest date you could start OPT is July 12, 2011
and close on 10/01. OIE can issue a “Cap-Gap I-20” if needed.
Where can I passport photos?
Ritz Camera (12$/2) - 861 Williston Rd.
Photo Garden (12$/6) – 10 Dorset St
Chittenden Superior Court (13$/2) – 175 Main
FedEx/Kinkos (14$/2) - 199 Main/Winooski
Prepare to be patient; a 90-day wait is normal
Be clear with potential employers
Check case status online at https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do
Update address with USCIS at 1 (800) 375-5283
to prevent delays in receiving your card
Report to OIE:
Amelia’s Walk-In Hours
Monday afternoons: 1pm – 4pm
Thursday mornings: 9am – 12noon