Exception: The employment authorization period for the 17-month OPT extension begins on the day after the expiration of the initial post-completion OPT employment authorization, and ends 17 months later, regardless of the date the actual extension is approved. Employment under OPT must be directly related to a student's field of study and appropriate to the level of education.
A: F-1 students who have been enrolled in legal status for a minimum of nine months are eligible for up to twelve (12) months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization by the U. A: No, you do not need a job offer prior to applying for OPT, and your job may be anywhere in the United States.
Students who timely file an application for the 17-month OPT extension will be able to continue employment while the extension application is pending, until a final decision on the I-765 or for 180 days, whichever comes first.
the date of your final exams, or submission of your thesis or dissertation).
You may also change jobs during the course of your OPT period, but you must notify our office of any interruption or change to your employment.
A: The earliest you may apply for OPT is 90 days (3-months) prior to the completion of studies*, and the latest you may apply for OPT is 60 days following program completion.