USCIS Application Processing Times can range from two to five months. Applications are processed in the order they are received. There is no expediting the process. A Babson-issued Form I-20 is required before a student can apply to USCIS for OPT.
Pre-completion (authorization to use before graduation) OPT applications may be filed up to 90 days prior to the completion of one full academic year.
Post-completion (authorization to use after graduation) OPT applications may be filed as early as 90 days before the completion of studies, and as late as 60 days after the completion of studies. Students are recommended to apply at least three months before their anticipated start date if not earlier and should follow the steps outlined below.
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