Are you an F-1 student who will graduate in spring 2019? Do you want to work in the U.S. after graduation? If you answered yes to both questions, then you want to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is work authorization for F-1 students that allows you to work in your field of study.
You must view the OPT workshop (online or presented at the International Office) before you can apply for Post-Completion OPT. Additionally, the earliest you can apply is 90 days prior (February 25) to the official graduation date of the semester. Applying for OPT early is recommended because USCIS can take around 3 months to approve your application.
If this is something you are interested in, we encourage you to apply. You can begin the application process in myIO. If you would like to attend the in-person workshop you can sign-up for the workshop under the events tab here.
More information is available online about OPT.
*Note – OPT used prior to graduation is called Pre-Completion OPT.*