OPT Myth Busting Series: Avoid these mistakes
An OISS resource has been developed to clarify some untrue beliefs about Optional Practical Training (OPT). Titled as the "OPT Myth Busting Series", students can learn the truth behind 8 common misunderstandings about OPT.
Remember: The statements below are NOT TRUE. They are misunderstandings. Read more to learn why.
- 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
- Myth #5: OPT will start the day after I graduate
- Myth #6: During OPT, all jobs must be paid
- Myth #7: I can’t travel during OPT
- Myth #8: I can get CPT until I submit my dissertation to the Graduate School, so I’ll delay my dissertation submission to maximize my CPT and OPT possibilities