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Immigration & Status Reminders for Fall 2015 Graduates!

If you are graduating in Spring 2015, Congratulations! F1 students have a 60 day grace period and J1 students have a 30 day grace period from the date they complete their program this summer. During this time students may transfer, depart the US, change your status, or apply/start OPT or Academic Training.

Applying for OPT

If you would like to apply for OPT and have not yet submitted your application, please turn in the required documents to the International Center to allow time for processing. For details on how to apply please see the OPT Tutorial on the IC website:

The IC's processing time is approximately 3 weeks, and the processing time from USCIS receipt notice date until your EAD arrives is currently 3 months (see for details). Apply as soon as you are certain that you will complete your program in Spring 2015,

OPT processing and mailing rules:

  • Complete the OPT Tutorial on the International Center website.
  • You do not need a job offer to apply for OPT, in fact waiting for a job offer can cause your start date to be delayed due to processing times.
  • Your OPT application MAY NOT reach USCIS more than 90 days before your program end date listed on your OPT I-20.
  • Your OPT STEM application MAY NOT reach USCIS more than 90 days before your OPT expiration date listed on your EAD.
  • Your OPT or OPT extension MUST reach USCIS no more than 30 days after your OPT request is listed in the SEVIS system. This is the date that the IC advisor signed your I-20 when you 1st applied for OPT. You must review the reminder handout provided with your OPT application for the exact timeframe the OPT must reach USCIS.

If you disregard these timelines, your OPT/Extension application may be DENIED or DELAYED due to receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) from USCIS.

If you will complete your program during the Summer 2015 term, you may apply based on the last day of regsitration. If you are certain that you will complete your program during the Summer term. Please see above concerning OPT processing times and mailing rules for spring program end dates.

Academic Training J1 students sponsored by IIT may be eligible to apply for off-campus work authorization: Academic Training (AT). AT must be in the field of study indicated on the DS-2019 form. A written job office is required in order to apply. For further instructions and the request form go to:

Transferring Out If you would like to start a program at another US school, please see the transfer out handout on the International Center website. An admission letter and the IC transfer out request form

Program Extension

Please check the end date on your I-20/DS-2019! If you do not think you have the required GPA or have reason to believe you will not graduate on time, you should apply for a program extension with the International Center to ensure that you do not fall out of status.

Program extension applications are due April 24th if your I-20/DS-2019 expires in May. You must be enrolled for the following summer or fall term before the IC can process any program extension requests. Please note that you will have to submit financial documentation for tuition and living expenses in addition to the advisor form.

Please review the program extension request form:

If you do not graduate and do not apply for a program extension before your program end date, you will be out of status. If you have any questions, please contact an International Student Advisor during walk-in advising hours:
At Main Campus: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 1:30 - 3:30 pm Tuesday & Friday 9:30am- 11:30am
At Downtown Campus: Select Thursdays 9:30 -11:30am & 2pm-4pm. See homepage for exact dates.
Again, congratulations on your graduation!
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