ISS will offer special processing for Spring OPT applications, one day only, on March 13. Special OPT Processing Day is not required. Spring OPT applications submitted after March 13 will be reviewed and returned to you by ISS in the normal 3-5 business day processing time.
Who should take advantage of this optional OPT Day?
· If you want your OPT authorization to begin in June (even if you do not yet have a job offer)
· If you have a job offer with a start date in June
· If you have a job offer with a later start date (like July or August) but your employer wants you to apply for OPT as soon as possible
If you want to stay in the U.S. to work or do an internship after graduation, you must apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization.
Spring graduates who submit their completed OPT application to ISS by March 13 will be able to pick up their new OPT I-20 and reviewed OPT application on March 17. (Normally it takes ISS five business days to review an OPT application and issue the new OPT I-20).
March 17 is the earliest date ISS is allowed to issue OPT I-20s for spring graduates.
After picking up the OPT application, students must still mail the completed OPT application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and allow for their 90-day processing time.
For more information about the OPT application, please visit, http://iss.washington.edu/employment/f1-employment/opt/12-months.