How to choose a Post - Completion OPT Start Date
Fall 2014 Graduates

1) Start Date must occur no later than 60 days after your program completion date.
 If Program Completion Date is … ------>   OPT Start Date MUST be on or before
December 21st, 2014 ------>  February 19th, 2015

2) After submitting the completed OPT Academic Advisor's form to the ISSS office, it will take 7–10 business days (approximately 2 weeks) to create an OPT I-20 for you.

3) It takes USCIS Service Centers approximately 10-12 WEEKS (3 months) to process your OPT Application and issue the EAD card.

If you mail your application to USCIS by the following dates…
You can expect to receive your EAD card around this time:
September 23rd – September 29th December 9th – December 15th
September 30th – October 6th December 16th – December 22nd
October 7th – October 13th December 23rd – December 29th
October 14th – October 20th December 30th – January 5th
October 21st – October 27th January 6th – January 12th
October 28th – November 3rd January 13th – January 19th
November 4th – November 10th January 20th – January 26th
November 11th – November 17th January 27th – February 2nd
November 18th – November 24th February 3rd – February 9th
November 25th – December 1st February 10th – February 16th
December 2nd – December 8th February 17th – February 23rd
December 9th – December 15th February 24th – March 2nd
December 16th – December 23rd March 3rd – March 10th
December 24th – December 30th March 11th – March 17th
December 31st – January 6th March 18th – March 24th
January 7th – January 13th March 25th – March 31st
January 14th – January 20th April 1st – April 7th
January 21st – January 27th April 8th – April 14th
January 28th – February 3rd April 15th – April 21st
February 4th – February 10th April 22nd – April 28th
February 11th – February 19th April 28th – May 7th

Remember! If you will graduate on December 21st, 2014, your application must arrive at the USCIS Service Center no later than February 19th, 2015!

Be sure to mail your application to meet the February 19th, 2015 deadline! Your application will not be accepted by USCIS after that deadline.


Last Updated: 9/3/14