How to choose a Post - Completion OPT Start Date
1) Start Date must occur no later than 60 days after your program completion date.
Spring 2014 Graduates
|If Program Completion Date is …||------>||OPT Start Date MUST be on or before|
|May 18th, 2014||------>||July 17th, 2014|
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:|
|February 18th – February 24th||May 6th – May 12th|
|February 25th – March 3rd||May 13th – May 19th|
|March 4th – March 10th||May 20th – May 26th|
|March 11th – March 17th||May 27th – June 2nd|
|March 18th –March 24th||June 3rd – June 9th|
|March 25th – March 31st||June 10th – June 16th|
|April 1st – April 7th||June 17th – June 23rd|
|April 8th – April 14th||June 24th – June 30th|
|April 15th – April 21st||July 1st – July 7th|
|April 22nd – April 28th||July 8th – July 14th|
|April 29th – May 5th||July 15th – July 21st|
|May 6th – May 12th||July 22nd – July 28th|
|May 13th – May 19th||July 29th – August 4th|
|May 20th – May 26th||August 5th – August 11th|
|May 27th – June 2nd||August 12th – August 18th|
|June 3rd – June 9th||August 19th – August 25th|
|June 10th – June 16th||August 26th – September 1st|
|June 17th – June 23rd||September 2nd – September 8th|
|June 24th – June 30th||September 9th – September 15th|
|July 1st – July 7th||September 16th – September 22nd|
|July 8th – July 17th||September 23rd – October 2nd|
Remember! If you will graduate on May 18th, 2014, your application must arrive at the USCIS Service Center no later than July 17th, 2014!
Be sure to mail your application to meet the July 17th deadline! Your application will not be accepted by USCIS after that deadline.