Post-completion OPT occurs after an F-1 student completes their program of study. The purpose of post-completion OPT is for an F-1 student to gain practical training (as employment/internship) in their major field of study.
A student can use up to 12 months of post-completion OPT (with the option of a 2-year extension if the student has a STEM degree) per degree level. If a student has used any of the 12 months of OPT during their program (pre-completion OPT) this will be deducted from the overall 12 months allowed for post-completion OPT.
Although post-completion OPT is always issued on a full-time basis, a student is only required to work a minimum of 20 hours per/week to maintain status while on OPT. Students are also allowed to be unemployed for up to 90 days during the approved post-completion OPT period.
Optional Practical Training requires you to submit form I-765 to the USCIS. You can submit the form online or you can submit a paper application. Both applications require the same documentation, which you will find on this page below. Regardless of how you submit the application for post completion OPT, do not do so without first obtaining a new I-20 generated by ISSS. The new I-20 will have a recommendation for Optional Practical training. USCIS will not be able to process your application for Optional Practical Training without the updated I-20. Use the link below to apply to ISSS for the I-20 with the Optional Practical Training recommendation.
Be sure you have requested a new I-20 from ISSS that has the recommendation for OPT. Your application will be denied by USCIS unless you have the updated I-20.