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 21, 2014 ------>  February 19, 2015

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

3) It takes USCIS Service Centers approximately 10-12 WEEKS (three 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 23 – September 29 December 9 – December 15
September 30 – October 6 December 16 – December 22
October 7 – October 13 December 23 – December 29
October 14 – October 20 December 30 – January 5
October 21 – October 27 January 6 – January 12
October 28 – November 3 January 13 – January 19
November 4 – November 10 January 20 – January 26
November 11 – November 17 January 27 – February 2
November 18 – November 24 February 3 – February 9
November 25 – December 1 February 10 – February 16
December 2 – December 8 February 17 – February 23
December 9 – December 15 February 24 – March 2
December 16 – December 23 March 3 – March 10
December 24 – December 30 March 11 – March 17
December 31 – January 6 March 18 – March 24
January 7 – January 13 March 25 – March 31
January 14 – January 20 April 1 – April 7
January 21 – January 27 April 8 – April 14
January 28 – February 3 April 15 – April 21
February 4 – February 10 April 22 – April 28
February 11 – February 19 April 28 – May 7

Remember! If you will graduate on Dec. 21, 2014, your application must arrive at the USCIS Service Center no later than Feb. 19, 2015!

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


Last Updated: 8/25/16