Upon completion of a degree program, students normally have a 60 day grace period
to leave the United States.
Students who have applied for Optional Practical Training within the government specified
time limit are eligible to remain in the U.S. while the OPT application is pending,
and are eligible to remain in the U.S. while employed using the OPT card, if they
are maintaining government-required OPT compliance.
Students who are not on Optional Practical Training may remain in the U.S. for up
to 5 months maximum, only when holding a new I-20 for transfer to a new U.S. school
or a new I-20 for transfer into a new degree program. The 5 month period begins on
the completion date of the previous degree program and is only valid if the student
is holding an I-20 for the new program.
It is vitally important to remember that a new I-20 must be produced while the student
is still in status. If a student falls out of status before obtaining the I-20 for
the new degree program, further measures will be required to return the student to
valid F-1 status, if possible.
Students who are on Optional Practical Training are encouraged to check with their
International Students Advisor prior to requesting a new I-20 to begin a new program.
Obtaining an I-20 for a new degree program will prematurely cancel the OPT.