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After Graduation

Work and Practical Training

  • F-1 students are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) following the completion of their program. OPT is form of authorized temporary employment that directly relates to your program of study.

    • For more information, please speak to your DSO.

Post Graduation Reminders 

  • International Students must take action to maintain legal status or depart from the United States after completion of their program.

  • Once you complete your program of study and any authorized period of practical training, F1 students have 60 days (after the program end date) to leave the United States.

  • If your I-20 was terminated, you only have 15 days to depart the United States.

  • If you wish to extend your stay in the United States, talk with your DSO to explore these options:

  • Transfer to another school

  • Change your program level (ex: Going from a Bachelor’s degree to a Master’s)

  • Apply to change F-1 status to another visa status

  • Apply for OPT

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