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Module 3: What do I do once I’ve applied for OPT?

Module 3: What do I do once I’ve applied for OPT?

The objectives of this module are to help you proactively monitor your OPT application, identify the steps you must take when obtaining employment, and demonstrate critical thinking skills as they relate to maintaining your F-1 status while on OPT.  This module should be completed once you have submitted an OPT application, generally in your last term of enrollment in classes.

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Step 1: Monitor Your Application

Review the information below about monitoring your OPT application's progress through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services's (USCIS) processes. If you have any concerns about your OPT application’s progress, contact OISP promptly.

Step 2: Begin OPT Employment

Next, read the resources provided below about beginning OPT employment. This information describes considerations you should take and how to maintain your F-1 status while on OPT.  Take the quiz to check if you understand your OPT obligations. Then, answer the questions on the discussion board linked below to engage in a discussion with your peers about the reporting requirements. A member of the OISP staff will review the discussion posts and add comments as necessary.