International Students: OPT

February 2, 2018

Optional Practical Training (OPT): The GAPP Office will begin signing OPT I-20 Requests for Spring 2018 graduating international students on Monday, February 5, 2018. Please review GAPP’s OPT information provided on the GAPP website in addition to the OIS Post-Completion OPT page.

MS Students: Your Application to Graduate must be processed by your major department and STARS report updated before a GAPP advisor can sign your OPT I-20 Request form.

PhD Students: You must submit the PhD Verification of Completion form to the GAPP Office with your OPT I-20 Request Form.

OIS will begin accepting OPT I-20 Requests on Friday, February 9, 2018. All OPT applicants must view the OPT Instructions prior to submitting their OPT I-20 Request to OIS.

Important reminders about OPT:

  • Job offer is not required to apply
  • Processing time is approximately 3 months.
  • OIS recommends graduates apply for OPT as soon as possible.
  • There is no expedite process

Published on February 2nd, 2018

Last updated on October 14th, 2021