1. Failure to complete the program requirements: I understand that if I fail to complete all of my
degree requirements before the program end date indicated on my Form I-20, my OPT authorization
may become invalid. I will work with my International Student and Scholar Advisor (ISSA) if this
2. Timely filing of the OPT application to USCIS: I understand that for post-completion OPT, the
earliest I may file my OPT application is 90 days prior to my program end date, and the latest I can
file my OPT application is 60 days after my program end date.
a) USCIS must receive my OPT application within 30 days from the date that OPT is
recommended by the International Student Advisor. Failure to file my OPT application in
a timely manner may cause my application to be denied.
3. Cancelling my application: I understand that under extraordinary circumstances, I can attempt to
cancel my OPT application only if the application has not been adjudicated by the USCIS. I will work
with my ISSA if I need to cancel my OPT application.
4. Submission of EAD copy to Slater International Center: I understand that if my EAD is sent
directly to me, I must send a copy of it to my ISSA to update my file.
5. Maintaining status on OPT: During post-completion OPT; I understand that my F-1 status is
dependent upon employment. I understand that I may not accrue more than 90 days of unemployment
during the 12 months of initial post-completion OPT. If I cannot get a paying job in my field, I
understand that if I pursue an internship or other volunteer work in my field for at least 20 hours a
week, it will count as employment so I will not accrue days of unemployment.
6. Notifying Slater International Center of employer information: I understand that I must update
my ISSA on my employment status while on OPT. Within 10 days of beginning employment, I must
inform my ISSA of the name and physical address of my employer and any change or termination in
employment within 10 days of the effective date that such a change or termination occurs.
7. Notifying Slater International Center of address changes: I understand that I am required by
federal regulations to notify my ISSA of my new address within 10 days.
8. Invalidating OPT: I understand that my OPT will be cancelled or invalidated if I begin a new
program of study, transfer my SEVIS record to a new school, engage in unauthorized employment, or
otherwise violate my F-1 status.
9. Limits on future periods of OPT (Non-STEM majors): I understand that I am eligible for one
12- month period of OPT per educational level (e.g. Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD. etc.) and that all of
my OPT employment must be directly related to my major field(s) of study.
10. OPT for STEM majors: I understand that if I major in one of the STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering or Mathematics) fields designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) I
may be eligible for an additional 24 month OPT STEM extension. I am also aware that I must
contact my ISSA to apply for this additional 24-month period of OPT. If I am granted a OPT STEM
extension, I understand that I may not accrue more than 150 days of unemployment during the total
OPT period including both the initial post-completion OPT authorization and the OPT STEM
extension period. I also understand that once I receive a STEM OPT extension, I am ineligible to
receive another OPT STEM extension if I earn a higher degree(s) in a STEM field.