Optional practical training for December graduates

September 12, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Building 23, Room 227

Are you graduating this semester? Are you an F-1 or J-1 student? Then you will need to attend the mandatory OPT session.

The Office of International Education (OIE) will offer OPT (optional practical training) information and application sessions for F-1 students at CMU-SV who will be completing their programs this semster. If you are an international student, are graduating at the end of this semester and planning to work in the U.S., then you will need to apply for OPT this semester; it is mandatory that you attend an OPT workshop. OIE cannot schedule individual advising appointments to provide this information, so please plan ahead.

Note: OPT applications can be filed with USCIS 90 days prior to program completion or within the 60 day grace period following program completion.  OIE strongly recommends applying before completing your program since applications can take 60 to 90 days to be approved by USCIS.

The OPT Session will be held on Wednesday, September 12th 9:30am-11:20am in Building 23, Room 227 (Broadcast from OIE.) We cannot allow late starts, so please plan on arriving early. Remember you must check in, so please bring your CMU ID.

Make up session for those who have class will be held on Monday, September 17th from 3:30-5:00pm in Room 212. Seating is limited. (Recording only. Students must bring their own laptop and stay to watch entire recording.)

Please ensure you have no conflicts and can attend this mandatory workshop.

Students must register for a session in advance. Please only register if you are on track to graduate this semester. Additional workshops will be available for future grads beyond this semester.

At this session, you will have the opportunity to fill out your OPT Recommendation form (the last page of this document) and you will be provided with clear directions on how to complete the form and how to receive your new OPT I-20 in order to start your application to USCIS. (If you do not attend the OPT session, you will not receive your OPT I-20.)

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