Fall 2021 Graduates May Apply for OPT Up to 120 Days Before Program End Date

Fall 2021 Graduates can apply for OPT Starting August 17, 2021. Review the OPT Instructions to learn more!

Due to ongoing receipt notice processing delays, USCIS is allowing post-completion OPT applicants to file Form I-765 up to 120 days before their program end date. This additional time is applicable to post-completion OPT applications received by USCIS through October 31, 2021.

For USC students, this means Fall 2021 graduates with a program end date of December 15, 2021 may apply for a post-completion OPT I-20 from OIS as early as August 17, 2021.

To request an OPT I-20 and learn about the OPT application process, please review the OPT Instructions. If you have additional questions, please contact OIS.