Beware of This If You are on OPT
The OPT (Optional Practical Training) program is offered to F-1 visa holders and allows them to work legally in the United States for 12 months. Many graduates take OPT as their chance to take on internships at their desired companies.
However, OPT participants need to remember that the application process is not the only time that requires action from them to be granted and maintain their OPT status.
Federal regulations require F-1 holders to notify their Designated School Officials(DSO) of any changes made to their personal/employment information within ten days. DSOs will then update SEVIS with this information within 21 days.
OPT participants are permitted to be unemployed for a total of 90 days. As we approach the end of August, many 2020 spring graduates will soon face the OPT unemployment deadline.
Suppose you are on OPT but are not currently working or expecting to be employed before the 90-day deadline. In that case, it is crucial to plan accordingly to either leave the country or adjust your status to avoid overstaying under your F-1 situation.
If you are already employed, it is crucial to make sure that your employer’s information has been updated. Without updating this information, your status reflected on SEVIS will remain “unemployed” even if you are employed.
If you exceed the 90-day unemployment limit, you may have to face the following consequences:
Losing your F-1 nonimmigrant status.
SEVIS record changed to “terminated.”
Employment Authorization Document revocated.
Future benefit requests with USCIS are negatively affected.
OPT（Optional Practical Training），选择性实习培训，是在美F-1留学生被给予的，毕业后有效期为一年的工作许可。持有OPT许可的同学们可以在与自己大学专业直接相关的职位工作一年。许多毕业生都会利用OPT的机会找到心仪公司的实习。