Written by attorney Diane Rae Chappell-Daly

Timing Your OPT Application

For international students, working in the US under the Optional Training Program (“OPT”) can be a valuable experience. Students who plan to apply for OPT should carefully keep track of filing deadlines so as to avoid a denial. In particular, students should keep the following two deadlines in mind

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Timing matters! Recently, some USCIS Service Centers have been denying applications for employment authorization submitted more than 30 days after the DSO recommendation was entered into SEVIS, even though it was less than 60 days before the program-end date. Make sure you understand the difference. For to the USCIS website for more information.

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