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  1. #1
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    Default OPT 60 Day Grace Period

    I know that you are allowed to apply for your OPT 60 days after your program completion date.
    My last term in school finished in December.
    But my thesis was graded incomplete.
    I received my final grade for the thesis on the 30th of March.
    Should the 60 days not be counted from the 30th of March?
    Please respond.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: OPT 60 Day Grace Period

    There should be somebody at your institution who can advise you about immigration, OPT and student visas.

    Generally speaking, for students who need to complete a master’s degree paper or a Ph.D. thesis, the date of completion is the student’s choice of either (a) the day the student has completed all requirements for the degree, including submission of the final paper or thesis; or (b) the last day of the month that the student submits the final paper or thesis. Students may not postpone the completion date by “holding” a completed thesis. Once defense and thesis revisions are completed, the thesis must be submited within a reasonable time after defense.

    But for post-completion OPT you should apply four months before your expected date of completion. The idea here is not to redefine your program completion date after-the-fact.

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    Default Re: OPT 60 Day Grace Period

    Thank you very much for that information.
    My question was regarding an undergraduate student.
    Do you know anything about post completion OPT and the 60 days period?

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