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Actions to be taken at the end of a course of study:
- Depart the U.S. no later than 60 days after completing the course of study or Optional Practical Training (OPT). If a student does not apply for a transfer, extension, or OPT, Student Exchange and Visitor Information Service (SEVIS) will automatically change the record of an “Active” student to “Completed” 60 days after the program end date in the student’s Form I-20 record.
- Continue in F-1 status by pursuing further F-1 studies at the same institution or transfer to another school.
- Apply for standard post-completion OPT no later than 60 days after completing course of study.
Learn about Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Lori Hanegraaf, Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
U.S. Government Contacts
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Bureau of Consular Affairs (U.S. Department of State)
For information on passports, visas and international travel, visit Bureau of Consular Affairs.