Students on all types of post-completion OPT – regular, cap gap OPT extension, or STEM extension have mandatory OPT reporting requirements, as outlined on the acknowledgement form. The students must report their opt employment to the designated DSO.

Majority of all the international students are eligible for this kind of temporary work authorization which provides training in the real working field but to apply for OPT jobs there are OPT job requirements which needs to be fulfilled. Those who wish to work on the F1 visa (Visa for International Students) must ensure their stay and studies in the United States of America. While their stay in the USA should be primarily for the studies, they can apply for the OPT jobs. This keeps a restriction on the employment to be limited only for the international students.

The OPT JOB REQUIREMENT demands to start the work only after the EAD card is received by the respective student and the mentioned start date on the card has been reached. The OPT work gives the liberty to choose the employer at the student’s will but the work has to be related to the field of study only to be considered as the OPT.

While the OPT is on it is necessary to keep the entire documents ready. There is no specific type of employment that needs to be chosen under the OPT JOB REQUIREMENT, the choice for the paid employment can be from multiple employers, short term multiple employer, work for hire, self-employed owner, employment through agency and unpaid employment. While anytime the students faces the unemployment period, they have to report the present situation and the changes in the present condition to the USICS immediately.

OPT tracker is an online platform where applicants engage and share information about OPT application status and their experiences with USCIS.

During post-completion OPT, F-1 status is dependent upon employment. Students may not accrue an aggregate of more than 90 days of unemployment during any post-completion OPT carried out under the post-completion OPT authorization.

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