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
|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."