You can start your OPT the day after you graduate or up to 60 days after graduation. It is extremely important that you determine you OPT start date at the beginning of your final semester. Any questions or concerns about OPT start date can be addressed by an International Student Adviser.
The earliest you can apply for OPT is 90 days before your graduation date. Please apply approximately 90 days before you plan to start your OPT since the application has to be sent to USCIS. It will take the USCIS Nebraska Service Center 2-3 months to process your application. You cannot start employment until you received your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card.
Please bring the following completed documents to the International Programs Office to apply for OPT.
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You can start your OPT up to 60 days after the last day of your last semester of study. F-1 students are eligible for 365 days of OPT.
(The expiration date should be notated on the picture page. If not, please attach a page that shows the expiration date of your passport. Your passport should not be expired when you apply.)
The Office of International Programs should receive an official USCIS receipt notice within a month of mailing your application. After receiving this, you may check on the status of your application in the Case Status Online section of the USCIS website.