Post-completion OPT is optional work authorization F-1 international students have earned, and may apply for, one term before completing a degree at the UO. OPT extends your F-1 status for 12 months for purposes of practical training in the U.S. related to your major. The OPT application process requires advance planning and must be approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The earliest date USCIS will accept OPT applications is 90 days before the last day of your final term. Currently the USCIS processing time for OPT approvals is 3 1/2 - 5 months.
1. If you have a job offer or pending job offer with a start date right after your graduate, you may not receive your EAD in time. If you have not yet filed an OPT application with USCIS, you should do so immediately! You should also be prepared to explain to potential employers that you cannot legally work until you receive your EAD due to USCIS processing delays. Hopefully employers will remain flexible and patient.
2. Even if you do not have a job offer pending, you should prepare to apply for OPT as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of receiving your EAD as early as possible.
Timeline for OPT Application Processing
Attend OPT Workshop and Review OPT Packet. You should attend an OPT workshop one term before you graduate to prepare the application to send to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You can apply for OPT up to 90 days before the last day of your final term. The OPT workshop schedule can be found below. If you cannot attend an OPT workshop, you can review the workshop slides below.
Scheduled OPT Workshops:
|January 10 (Friday)||Noon – 1pm||112 Lillis|
|January 22 (Wednesday)||Noon – 1pm||112 Lillis|
|February 13 (Thursday)||Noon – 1pm||117 Fenton|
|March 6 (Friday)||Noon – 1pm||112 Lillis|
STEM Extension OPT
If you have completed a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field and you are already on post-completion OPT, you may be eligible for a 24-month extension of your OPT to work in a STEM field. In order to apply for this benefit, you should download and read through our STEM OPT Packet, or call 541-346-3206 to make an in-person or phone appointment with an international student advisor. In order to qualify for the extension, USCIS must receive your application no later than the last day of your current post-completion OPT authorization period. Please plan ahead.