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    If I am done with my all course requirements except defending the thesis. Do I need to apply post completion OPT within 60 days.

    I can still wait and apply OPT after defending the thesis.

    is it possible me to apply OPT and defend the thesis while i am working.
    (example apply OPT in July and start working on August and defend the thesis end fall semester)

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    • #3
      If you are done with all ur course work, and only with thesis credit hours, you can apply for post completion OPT... Many of friends did the same. You'll be eligible to work. However, be sure to defend your thesis timely before you apply for OPT extension..


      • #4
        Thank you : so do i need to take thesis course after getting OPT till i defend the thesis


        • #5
          You need to take research credit in the semester you're defending. For example if you are defending in spring 2014, then 1 credit for spring (1 means reduce course load and that can only be taken in your graduating semester)