Post-completion OPT typically occurs after your program completion. Post-completion OPT is the most common type of OPT utilized.
Your OPT start date will begin after your I-20 end date. If your I-20 end date needs to be adjusted to an earlier date, this will occur at the time you make the request for an OPT recommendation I-20.
Pre-completion OPT is Optional Practical Training utilized before the I-20 end date and the completion of your studies. It is typically only used in very specific or special case scenarios.
Pre-completion OPT is counted towards the 12 months of OPT available. If you do part-time pre-completion OPT, it is counted at half the rate of full-time OPT. Please note the specific requirements necessary to apply for pre-completion OPT:
- ISS highly recommends that you have a job offer before applying for pre-completion OPT so that you do not "waste" your 12 months of OPT time.
- While school is in session, you are limited to part-time pre-completion OPT, unless you are exempt from full-time enrollment/on Z status. You can take part in full-time pre-completion OPT during summer and winter breaks.
- You must have been enrolled as a full-time student for at least one academic year.
STEM Extension OPT:
If you are applying for your STEM Extension OPT, please see the STEM OPT section of our website.