Congratulations! You are getting ready to graduate! Here are some topics to help you prepare for graduation.
Undergraduate Graduation Planning: Graduation planning is here
Master’s Graduation Planning: Graduation planning is here
Doctoral Graduation Planning: Graduation planning is here
Ceremony Information: Find the information about the graduation ceremony here.
Inviting Family: If you are planning to invite family and need a letter from our office for their visa interviews please drop by Garland 138 during office hours.
Your advisor must approve your Less than Full Time status.
Request Less Than Full-Time Enrollment Authorization
You can apply for OPT 90 days prior to graduation. We suggest you attend an OPT information session. Please sign up here.
If you realize that you will not be able to finish AND your I-20 program end date is coming up, you can submit a Request for Extension. You will also need to submit Proof of Funding for the duration of the extension.
Request Issuance of OPT I-20
Transfer your SEVIS record: You may continue your education here or at another school. This must be done within 60 days of graduation AND prior to leaving the country. If you are planning to attend another university, you must submit the F-1 SEVIS Transfer form and the admittance letter. The transfer date should prior to a) you leaving the country or b) prior to your 60 days post graduation, whichever comes first. Once the transfer has gone through, you should contact your new school to discuss issuance of a new I-20.
Apply for OPT: You may still apply for OPT. While we suggest that you apply for OPT 90 days prior to graduation, you may be able to up to 60 days after graduation. The application packet must be received at USCIS before the 60th day after graduation AND prior to leaving the country.
Leave the US: You have 60 days to settle your affairs and leave the country. Your SEVIS Record may be completed as soon as you leave. Keep in mind that you will not be able to transfer your SEVIS record or apply for OPT after you leave.