OPT Deadlines and Information Session dates

It is NOT advisable to wait until the deadline to apply for OPT. You are advised to apply for OPT at least 90 days prior to your requested OPT start date. US Immigration processing time to approve OPT can be from 45-90 days after submitting your application to the Immigration Service Center.

You may apply for OPT with US CIS up to 90 days before your program completion date and no later than 60 days after your program completion date (during the F-1 grace period), provided the application filed with US CIS is received within 30 days of the date the staff member enters the OPT recommendation into SEVIS (date the new I-20 OPT recommendation is issued) and received by US CIS before the end of the 60 day grace period (60 days from the completion of studies expiration date of the OPT I-20 [item #5 on I-20]).

Note: OPT deadlines listed on this page apply to F-1 students who have an LSU I-20 to study on the main campus. Deadlines for F-1 students in the School of Veterinary Medicine will be based on the Veterinary School’s academic calendar (not the main campus calendar). F-1 ECFVG (Veterinary School program) students are advised to consult with the IS employment advisor 4-6 months before completing their program regarding their specific OPT deadlines.

ExpandOPT Information Sessions

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday February 23, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Wednesday March 16, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 PM IP Conference Room (meet in Hatcher Hall lobby)
** New **
Tuesday
March 29, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 PM IP Conference Room (meet in Hatcher Hall lobby)
Friday April 15, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM IP Conference Room (meet in Hatcher Hall lobby)

ExpandOPT applicants registered in credit hours in Fall 2015 (program completion date December 18, 2015)

  • Earliest date that you can apply to IS (90 days prior to completion date): Monday, September 21, 2015
  • Deadline to apply for IS OPT recommendation: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
  • Deadline for US CIS to receive complete OPT application: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ExpandOPT applicants registered for “Degree-Only” in Spring 2016 (program completion date January 19, 2016)

  • Earliest date that you can apply to IS (90 days prior to completion date): Wednesday, October 21, 2015
  • Deadline to apply for IS OPT recommendation: Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Deadline for US CIS to receive complete OPT application: Friday, March 18, 2016

ExpandOPT applicants registered in credit hours in Spring 2016 (program completion date May 13, 2016)

  • Earliest date that you can apply to IS (90 days prior to completion date): Monday, February 15, 2016
  • Deadline to apply for IS OPT recommendation: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  • Deadline for US CIS to receive complete OPT application: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ExpandOPT applicants registered for “Degree-Only” in Summer 2016 (program completion date June 2, 2016)

  • Earliest date that you can apply to IS (90 days prior to completion date): Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Deadline to apply for IS OPT recommendation: Monday, July 18, 2016
  • Deadline for US CIS to receive complete OPT application: Monday, August 1, 2016

ExpandOPT applicants registered in credit hours in Summer 2016 (program completion date August 5, 2016)

  • Earliest date that you can apply to IS (90 days prior to completion date): Monday, May 9, 2016
  • Deadline to apply for IS OPT recommendation: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • Deadline for US CIS to receive complete OPT application: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ExpandOPT applicants registered for “Degree-Only” in Fall 2016 (program completion date August 24, 2016)

  • Earliest date that you can apply to IS (90 days prior to completion date): Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • Deadline to apply for IS OPT recommendation: Friday, October 7, 2016
  • Deadline for US CIS to receive complete OPT application: Friday, October 21, 2016