Students on approved OPT are eligible to maintain enrollment in Edgewood’s international student health insurance policy. Students must submit an enrollment form to the CGE before the OPT start date and before their current health insurance coverage ends. Edgewood’s health insurance coverage ends on December 31 for students graduating in December and on July 31 for students graduating in May.
Send CGE a copy of the front and back of your EAD as soon as you receive it!
Before completing your studies, you may continue to travel internationally with a valid travel endorsement on your I-20. Departing the US after completing your studies but before you receive your EAD is NOT recommended. If you choose to travel, you must carry your Receipt Notice from the Service Center proving that your application for OPT is pending. CGE will only endorse your I-20 after completion of studies if you provide a photocopy of your Receipt Notice. After completing your studies and once you have received the EAD granting your OPT work permission, you must obtain a travel endorsement from CGE for re-entry into the US. You must provide a photocopy of your EAD in order to obtain the travel endorsement. Travel endorsements while on OPT are only valid for six months from the date of signature. In addition to the travel-endorsed I-20, you will need a valid passport, F-1 visa stamp, and EAD for re-entry into the US. Proof of employment is now highly recommended; re-entry into the US without this could be difficult.
If you plan to resume studies during the period your EAD card is valid, please consult CGE regarding this process. If you plan to attend a different educational institution and you would like your SEVIS record transferred, please complete the SEVIS Record Release form (available online in the International Student Handbook). Expiry of EAD You have a 60-day grace period in which to depart the U.S. or start another educational program after your postcompletion OPT. If you are not leaving U.S. by the end of the grace period, you should have applied to obtain an alternate status by the end of your grace period.
Eligible F-1 nonimmigrant students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees may apply for a 24-month STEM OPT extension. For information, visit the STEM OPT Hub on the Study in the States website at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stem-opt-hub. After reviewing the information online, contact Sara Friar if you are interested or have questions.
If your academic major or a course in which you are enrolled requires that you complete an internship (paid or unpaid), practicum, work, or training off campus, you can apply for a special work permission called Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
See the Curricular Practical Training Application for complete details.
This off-campus employment opportunity is intended to address situations in which a financial need beyond your control arises, which was unforeseen at the time you applied to Edgewood. Since one condition of approval for an F-1 student visa is proof of your ability to pay for your education and living expenses in the U.S., this economic hardship must be the result of a recent, unexpected change in your financial situation.
Examples of unforeseen economic hardship include: loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, inordinate increases in tuition and/or living costs, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's source of support, medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses.
Mail your completed application and supporting documentation to:
If using the U.S. Postal Service:
Nebraska Service Center
P.O. Box 87765
Lincoln, NE 68501-7765
If using a private courier such as FedEx:
Nebraska Service Center
850 S. Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1225
*It is strongly recommended to meet with Sara to review your application materials BEFORE you mail them to USCIS. *
*Always check the USCIS website for current I-765 fees and processing times. http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
If USCIS approves your application and authorizes employment, they will issue an EAD. If USCIS denies your application, they will indicate the reason for the denial in writing.
A denial may not be appealed, although if the circumstances warrant, a motion to
reopen or reconsider could be filed.