F-1 visa studens have several options to choose after graduation.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
Students who have maintained status and been enrolled at Oxy for a minimum of one academic year are eligible for 12 months of paid work in the US (within the 14 months of graduation) in their field of study with IPO and USCIS approval.
This training allows students to get practical experience in their field of study. Practical training is also available prior to graduation, although time on pre-completion practical training will be deducted from your 12 months of post completion practical training.
Application & Timeline:
Application for post-graduation optional training: Your application must be received by USCIS and have a start date within the 60-day grace period after graduation. After that time, it is too late to apply and you forfeit this benefit.
Application while attending: Those who have completed at least one full academic year of study (fall and spring semesters) may begin the application process up to 90 days before you want to start working.
Get a second degree at a higher level, get another 12 months: You are eligible for an additional 12 months of practical training if you have completed a second degree at a higher level. If you got your bachelors degree, applied for and received 12 months of OPT, and then complete a masters or PhD, you are now eligible to apply for another 12 months of OPT.
If you plan to return home after graduation, you are allowed to stay in the US for an additional 60 days to prepare for departure. If you leave the US during that time and plan to re-enter, you must do so on another kind of visa.
If you plan to continue on to graduate school in the US, your SEVIS record must be transferred to the new institution within the 60 days of graduating from Occidental. You must begin classes within 5 months of the transfer.
Please email email@example.com with a scan of the acceptance letter and any forms your new institution requires. For more information, please consult with IPO.
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