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    Hi, I'm doing masters in Automotive Engg from Univ of Michigan. Finished all my courses. Left with capstone project ( its not a thesis).I got a job offer ( INternship) for a period of 6 months. International office says that I need to apply for pre-completion OPT.
    -Through express mail it takes within 3 weeks to get the EAD card ( they said this to me ).
    -I just want to confirm within how many days I can get my EAD ( OPT card ). My joining date is sept 30th. I think I can extend that date by a week.

    This was posted on on 14th September 2013

  • #2
    It may take minimum one to one and half month to get it after applying depending on the centre you apply.


    • #3
      What is the application process to participate in pre- or post-completion OPT?

      -Students must initiate the process by requesting the Designated School Official (DSO) at their academic institution to recommend the OPT. The DSO makes such
      recommendation by endorsing the student’s Form I-20 and by making appropriate notation in SEVIS, the system used to track F-1 students.
      -Students then file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization Document (EAD), with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If approved, USCIS
      will issue an EAD to the student. The student may begin engaging in pre- or post-completion OPT only after an application has been approved and an EAD has been issued.

      More at:

      USCIS - Questions and Answers: Extension of Optional Practical Training Program for Qualified...
      Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Under the prior rules, an F-1 student could be authorized to receive up to a total of 12 months of practical training either before (pre-) and/or after (post-) completion of st...


      • #4
        Check Processing time for I-765 applications (around 3 months)

        U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - USCIS Processing Time Information