While you are pursuing Optional Practical Training (OPT) you must maintain valid visa status. The following information is provided to help you maintain your status.
While you were a student you maintained status by taking 12 units every semester and not engaging in unauthorized employment. On OPT, you must also follow the following guidelines to maintain your student status:
NOTE: It is your responsibility to keep your SEVIS record updated while in OPT status.
Be aware that if you travel for long periods of time (more than 30 days) outside the U.S., or if you do not have a job offer, when you attempt to re-enter the U.S., the port of entry officer at the airport may question your true intentions. It is within the power of the official at the port of entry to deny you admittance.
Once you receive the EAD (I-797D) from USCIS, please provide a copy of this card to our office.