International Student Services

February 12, 2019

Spring 2019 Graduates – Express OPT processing is coming!

Spring Graduates: Express OPT Month is coming!

 Attention Spring 2019 Graduates: the ISS Office is piloting a new Express OPT request process this year. Starting February 20, ISS staff will hold in-person OPT Packet reviews twice a week. The final session will be held March 15. There will be a total of 8 events and participation will be limited to the first 240 students to complete the sign-up process.

Who should take advantage of Express Month events?

 USCIS are currently processing OPT applications between 3.5 – 5.5 months. This is an unusually long time. Consider an Express Month: OPT Packet Review session if…

 You want a better chance for your OPT authorization to begin in June (even if you do not yet have a job offer)

  • You have a tentative job offer with a start date in June
  • You have a job offer with a later start date (like July or August) but your employer wants you to apply for OPT as soon as possible
  • You want to plan ahead

What is an Express Month event?

 ISS staff will lead a walk-through of what your OPT request materials should include. Please be prepared – you need to bring a completed Form I-765 as well as copies of your supplemental documents to the OPT Packet Review session you book. There will be limited time for questions.

You will leave the session with your OPT-endorsed I-20 and specific travel and application mailing advice.

Where and when will these events take place?

 View the list of scheduled events for time and location details: https://www.trumba.com/calendars/sea_enroll-iss

Sounds exciting! How do I sign up?

 Find details on our Express Month 2019 website. It is very important that you follow all instructions carefully.

https://iss.washington.edu/expressopt/

Questions?

Fill out the ‘Contact Us’ form on the ISS main page