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
Strict Enforcement of Deadlines for OPT ApplicationThere is a 150 day window in which to file an application for OPT with their Designated School Official (DSO). The application must be filed: a. Up to 90 days before the end-date for the academic program, or b. No later than 60 days after the program end-date
Calendar 30 days from the Date the DSO enters the recommendation for OPTAfter the DSO enters the OPT recommendation in the student's SEVIS record, the student must file an application for employment authorization (Form I-765) with USCIS within 30 days of the date that the DSO entered the recommendation.