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  • Doubt regarding OPT start date and CPT

    Hello everyone,

    I have a doubt regarding my OPT start date. The last day of the fall semester at my university is Dec 6th and I have applied for my OPT couple of weeks back with a start date as Jan 3rd. But now, I have a full time job offer from a private organisation which is related to my course of study. They want me to start at the new position as soon as possible. So, I have few questions regarding this-

    1) Can I change my OPT start to Dec 7th? If so, what is the procedure? As of now, I just received my OPT application receipt number from USCIS and it says initial review in the website.
    2) Can I go to CPT this late in the semester and start my job immediately? If so, do I need to register for any additional course to get it approved? What are my options after my last day of the fall semester (Dec 6th) provided I am not able to get my OPT card with a start date of Dec 7th

    The International adviser at my university has told me that it is not possible either to go on to CPT or change my date on my OPT application. Please let me know if you guys have any other suggestions on this issue.

    Thank you in advance.

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      • #4
        1. Not sure if you can change the start date but you can try talking to Uscis guys about your current situation.. See if you can talk to level 2 guys as they are the ones who deal with these kind of issues directly.
        2. You can take cpt from now if your university permits and work until your graduation. Once you graduate, your CPT will automatically end and you don't have any other option except to wait until you get your EAD.. Been in the same situation Hope things workout for you .. Good luck !


        • #5
          Check with your DSO weather they will provide the pre OPT until Jan 6th !!!