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Announcements : CGL's Post-Completion OPT Video

Announcement: CGL's Post-Completion OPT Video

How and when to apply
Updated January 9, 2024

Learn more about the eligibility criteria, application process, and required documents:  CGL's Post-Completion OPT Video

Federal regulations for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-Completion OPT) have remained the same.  Please view our video for detailed information on how to apply and when to apply for Post Completion Optional Practical Training. 

Applying for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-Completion OPT) is a three-part process that involves
1) your academic adviser,
2) the Center for Global Learning (CGL), and
3) the U.S. government.  
Your academic adviser will confirm that you have completed all requirements and are in good standing. The CGL will confirm that you maintained your legal status to the best of our knowledge and recommend you for OPT by issuing a new I-20. And finally, you will use the new I-20 to apply for your work authorization document directly with the U.S. government. You will need to take action for each step.

The basics:
  • You must be physically present in the U.S. to apply for practical training. 
  • The government can receive your application 90 days before the last day of your last term.
  • You do NOT need a job to apply. 
  • You must do and report paid or unpaid work for at least 20 hours a week once your Post-Completion OPT begins. 
  • You can be inactive (i.e. not doing paid or unpaid work) for ninety days. 
  • If eligible, you can apply for the STEM OPT extension 100 days before your Post-Completion OPT period ends.  
  • Tell the CGL staff if you have used any OPT at other schools when you apply.
  • You must be physically present in the U.S. to request your OPT recommendation I-20 and to submit your complete OPT application to the U.S. government.

Have questions? Please schedule one appointment time at either or  Duplicate appointments may be deleted.