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Pre-Completion OPT

Pre-Completion OPT is defined as employment which is directly related to your major area of study before completion of your studies.  You do not need to have a job offer to apply for Pre-Completion OPT.

Before you apply for Pre-Completion OPT, you must either attend an OPT Workshop held by OIA or review the OPT PowerPoint presentation.

Am I eligible to apply?

A student is eligible for OPT if you have been full-time for one academic year at Pratt, you have not used all of the practical training available to you in your current level of study and you have not been authorized for 12 months or more of full-time CPT (Study in the States).

What you need to apply

  1. A personal check or money order for $410; make payable to USCIS
  2. Two passport style photos on a white/light background – write name and SEVIS ID on back
  3. Photocopies of all I-20s from every school you have attended in the U.S. (including high school, ESL, other U.S. institutions, etc.)
  4. Photocopy of your unexpired passport (must be valid six months into the future)
  5. Photocopy of I-94 record. If you don’t have a paper I-94 card, download your most recent I-94 record
  6. Photocopy of F-1 entry visa
  7. OPT Cover Letter
  8. Completed Form I-765
  9. Student Information Sheet
  10. Recommendation I-20 for Pre-Completion OPT (this can only be issued by OIA and is done after review of all your documentation)

A Pratt OIA advisor must check the completeness of your documents before you submit them to USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) in order to issue you a recommendation I-20 for Pre-Completion OPT.

When can I apply? 

What happens after I apply?

An OIA advisor will provide you guidance on where to mail your application to request Pre-Completion OPT. You must mail your application within 30 days of when we issue the new I-20, and then it usually takes 2-3 months for your request to be processed.

After you receive your Employment Authorization Document (or EAD Card), you must provide OIA with a copy of the front and back of the document via email at While on Pre-Completion OPT, you are required to report any change in legal name, change in address, and change/interruption of employment to OIA via email. See the ‘OPT Reporting’ link in the left menu for guidance on what you will need to report to us.