Use your browser's "Back" button to return to the original page. Or go to HomeNews

Hide Links

News (/news/)

Back to news (/news/)

Are you graduating? OISS explains the myths of OPT applications

Posted By: OISS    Published: Monday, 26 Mar 2012

Attention F-1 students:

If you are graduating this semester, now is the time to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) (PDF)* ( The number of applications rises dramatically in the spring, leading to longer processing times. Some students believe that it is better to apply later to have more time to find a job. This is not true. Read our blogs to learn more about this and other OPT Myths ( (misconceptions).

Myth 1 ( I must have a job offer to apply for OPT
Myth 2 ( If I have a job offer, I can get my OPT faster
Myth 3 ( It’s better to apply for OPT later so that I can have more time to find a job
Myth 4 ( If I don’t have a full-time salaried job within three months of graduation, I will get kicked out of the US. This myth explains in detail the "90-days of unemployment" rule.

As of this week, our blog ( has 5,000 hits and our Twitter (/ has 1,000 followers!

Share with your friends, and enjoy the rest of your semester!

Tags: OPT (/news/OPT/)  Myths (/news/Myths/)  

© 2013-2018 Michigan State University Board of Trustees