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  • OPT Approval Wait times for ITU students at California Service Centre

    Hi

    My OPT application was received by USCIS on June 30th and I have a new job offer beginning September.
    I am really worried that my application will not be approved on time and I might lose this job opportunity.

    Can somebody tell me in general how long does it take for students from ITU (International Technological University) to get their
    OPT application approvals from California Service Centre

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    • #3
      Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (9th Aug)

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      • #4
        Expect some sort of reply in 90 days. But you don't have to wait for your opt. If you your opt i20 along with your uscis receipt notice you are good to work for 180 days till your case is in review with uscis.
        Make sure your employer name on opt i20 matches your employer

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        • #5
          I saw your message that one can work for 180 days with i20 with employer name on it and uscis receipt notice? Where can i verify this information? USCIS website says don`t work until you have EAD card in hand. Thank you

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          • #6
            I think this is true only for OPT Stem extensions. For initial opt, you need to wait for USCIS. At the same time, contact your employer, about this issue. Most of the employers are considerate and will extend the start date.

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            • #7
              I am not sure where was that mentioned. I work for Amazon. Immigration team over here allowed us to work with uscis receipt and i20

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              • #8
                Really...I searched online and everywhere it says you cannot work without the EAD card

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                • #9
                  I'm not sure. Lawyers over here mentioned that you don't have to stop working.
                  It may be like if you are on CPT you may continue and if you are directly coming from school and this is your first employment here, you may not be able to work.

                  But as I mentioned in my case it worked.

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                  • #10
                    The california center is more professional.I got my opt within 80 days.Im not from ITU though

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                    • #11
                      Can I start working before I get the EAD card?

                      No. The EAD card indicates the “actual” dates, which USCIS will allow you to work.

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                      • #12
                        Check with your college dso

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