How to choose a Post - Completion OPT Start Date
Spring 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
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.


Last Updated: 8/28/14