After Completion of F-1 Studies

After completing F-1 studies at an institution, an F-1 student has four immigration options:

Options Upon Completion of Studies

Option Procedure
1. Depart the U.S. within 60 days of completing the course of study Depart the U.S. no later than 60 days after completing the course of study.
2. Continue in F-1 status by pursuing further F-1 studies either at the same institution or another school Must follow procedures for moving levels or transfer of school
3. Apply for optional practical training before completing the course of study. Before completion date, must follow procedures for optional practical training
4. Apply to change status to another nonimmigrant classification no later than 60 days after completing the course of study. Must qualify for change of status to a particular nonimmigrant category, and follow change of status procedures specific to that category.

If an F-1 student does not choose one of these options after completing a course of study, he or she will be considered to be "out of status."