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OPT FOR “COURSE COMPLETE” STUDENTS

“Students in a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree program who have completed all course requirements for the degree (excluding thesis or equivalent) are eligible to apply for OPT.” [CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A)(3)]

A “course complete” (only thesis, final project or dissertation remaining) student may apply for post-completion OPT while completing the thesis or equivalent/dissertation. A Master’s student’s final project is equivalent to a thesis or dissertation.

Post-Completion OPT for course complete students:

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a course-complete student on post-completion OPT does NOT finish his or her degree during the 12 months of Post-completion OPT, he or she is NOT eligible for a program extension. This means the student would need to prepare to change status, change education level and/or transfer to a new U.S. school, or depart the country prior to the end of the 60-day OPT grace period.

If you have questions about your situation email us at intl.work@binghamton.edu
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Last Updated: 4/8/14