How to Choose Your OPT Start Date

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Choosing Your OPT Start Date

So, we know you’re not alone in feeling very stressed about applying for Post-Completion OPT — especially choosing the start date.

We’ve asked two alums who are now employed on OPT to give us some guidance. Keep watching to learn some important information, including these factors when choosing your post-completion OPT start date:

  • The time you need to find a job and the time it takes to get the EAD card in the mail
  • That you can’t change your OPT dates nor can you expedite the processing time
  • The 90-day limit for unemployment
  • And any international travel plans Good luck!

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Post-Completion OPT Webpage:…

Travel During F-1 OPT Webpage:…

General ISSO Website: