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Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops for Fall 2008

If you are graduating in the Fall of 2008 (undergraduates and graduate students) and would like to apply for OPT (employment authorization) with a January or February 2009 date, please read the following message:

  • You must complete and submit an application to USCIS before the end of the semester. Students MUST submit their OPT request before their graduation date.

  • A student is not permitted to submit an OPT requests after the completion of the course of study and/or graduation. This deadline must be met, USCIS will not allow the students to petition OPT even one day after the semester is over.
  • You can petition your OPT 90 days in advance of the last day of the semester.

Definition of OPT

  • Temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student’s major area of study and commensurate with degree level.

  • Allows a maximum of 12 months of practical experience.

  • Students do not need to secure employment before applying for OPT.

  • Requires USCIS approval

Preconditions for OPT

  • Students may engage in OPT after being enrolled for at least one full academic year.

  • OPT is available before and after completion of the educational objective, but different rules apply to pre- and post –completion OPT.

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months into the future.

  • Prior use of full-time CPT for one year or more makes you ineligible for OPT.

Pre-completion OPT

  • 20 hours/week limit while school is in session and the student still has coursework to complete.

  • Over 20 during official school breaks as long as student is currently enrolled, and intends to register for next term (full-time).

  • Only graduate students can apply for pre-completion OPT

Post-completion OPT

  • Over 20 hours after student has completed all course requirements for the degree while completing a thesis or dissertation.

  • Only full-time OPT can be requested.

  • Undergraduate students can request OPT only after completion of the course of study.

  • Graduate students can apply for OPT after completion of the course of study while completing the thesis, dissertation or equivalent work.

NOTE: Must sign-up 2 days prior to the workshop. Notification will not be sent if the workshops are cancelled if no-one signs up on time.

Workshop Dates for Spring 2009


DATE
TIME
PLACE
February
  Tuesday 3 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m International Center
  Wednesday 4 10:00 a.m - 12:00 noon International Center
  Tuesday 17 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m International Center
  Wednesday 18 10:00 p.m - 12:00 noon International Center
March
  Tuesday 3 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m International Center
  Wednesday 4 10:00 a.m - 12:00 noon International Center
  Tuesday 17 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m International Center
  Wednesday 18 10:00 a.m - 12:00 noon International Center
  Tuesday 31 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m International Center
April
  Wednesday 1 10:00 p.m - 12:00 noon International Center
  Tuesday 14 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m International Center
  Wednesday 15 10:00 a.m - 12:00 noon International Center
  Tuesday 21 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m International Center
  Wednesday 22 10:00 a.m - 12:00 noon International Center

For questions and/or individual Curricular Practical Training and/ or Optional Practical Training meetings, contact:

Amie Limon: amie_limon@mail.uri.edu
Chris Cho: chrischo@mail.uri.edu

 

 

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