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Let’s talk about OPT and STEM OPT - Shared screen with gallery view
Shikha Prajapati
30:23
Hello
Kathleen_ArtU
30:32
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Kathleen_ArtU
30:43
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Tianyang Han
31:06
Hello
Kathleen_ArtU
31:18
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Menghe Huang
31:53
Hello
Kathleen_ArtU
32:01
There will be a Q&A at the end of the presentation. Your question likely will be answered during the presentation as well.
Kathleen_ArtU
34:02
https://my.academyart.edu/content/dam/assets/pdf/int-stud/opt-online-tutorial.pdf
Kathleen_ArtU
34:29
https://www.uscis.gov/i-765
Kathleen_ArtU
35:06
https://my.academyart.edu/aau-forms/international-admissions/opt-i-20-request-form
Kathleen_ArtU
39:29
International Student Services email: intlservices@academyart.edu
Kathleen_ArtU
41:18
Career Services email: careerdevelopment@academyart.edu
Kathleen_ArtU
42:25
https://my.academyart.edu/students/my-academy/student-resources/international-student-resources#OPT-Reporting
Kathleen_ArtU
43:03
International Student Services email: intlservices@academyart.edu
Kathleen_ArtU
43:22
https://www.sevp.ice.gov/opt/#/login
Xuehui Lin
44:52
Can I study another degree after I start my opt?
Yidan Lu
46:03
Can I go back China while I am waiting OPT?
Kathleen_ArtU
46:18
https://www.e-verify.gov/
Kathleen_ArtU
47:36
International Student Services Office Email:intlservices@academyart.edu Phone:415-274-2208 Website:https://www.academyart.edu/admissions/international-student-resources/
Cuixin Mai
47:46
Does it matter if my employer is everify outside of CA, but I am working on one of its branch in CA ? Am I still qulify for apply stem-opt?
Cherry Cha
48:31
@xuehui yes, please contact our admission specialist
Edwin Caminho
48:31
Do you need to get paid if you’re volunteering?
Zalak Patel
48:54
is (WNM MA) course eligible for stem opt ?
Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
48:59
How do we enter a start date without knowing who our employer is going to be?
Menghang Shen
49:12
Opt's application fee has gone up since 10.2. If the application this week is still the original price?
Cuixin Mai
50:02
What kind of potential reasons might cause the opt stem application be refused or denied?
Cherry Cha
50:06
@Yidan yes, if you already applied for OPT, you may go home, but please make sure to get the receipt & EAD card to the mailing address.
Yi Lin
50:19
I am an International student, my passport is about expired. I need to apply the new passport here. Will it impact any processing to apply OPT?
AYESHA MULANI
50:26
Will I get my EAD quicker if I have SSN/
Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
50:28
I am staying at a new address this semester, how does that affect my I-20?
Cherry Cha
50:57
@zalak yes animation is STEM major
Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
51:08
Do we get an SSN after getting the EAD?
Cherry Cha
51:43
@Shahzad you can choose any date between 12/19/2020 and 02/18/2021
Zalak Patel
52:09
My program is MA in web design So do I have to apply for opt first or I can directly apply for stem ?
Rongyu Na
52:43
How could I know the job that I applied is directly related to my major ?
Cherry Cha
52:51
@Menghang yes, please send your OPT packet by 10/01, so you can send before the fee increase.
Menghang Shen
53:20
thx!
Cuixin Mai
53:25
Does USCIS applicationfee is also rise for Stem OPT apply?
Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
53:33
Is it possible to start earlier than the date mentioned on the start date?
Cherry Cha
53:44
@Shubham It may take 3 days to get your OPT I-20.
jingsi wang
53:56
How and where to pay the fee?
jingsi wang
54:05
If I already have a working offer right now using my CPT, can I continue the offer if I didn’t get my EAD card on 19th?
Cherry Cha
54:33
@jingsi, you may use check, money order $410 to USCIS, $550 after 10/02
Cherry Cha
55:44
https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms-information/how-to-make-an-expedite-request
Cherry Cha
56:00
Expedite https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms-information/how-to-make-an-expedite-request
jingsi wang
56:08
So I pay when I mail all the material in the post office?
Cherry Cha
56:17
@Xinyu it is USCIS policy
Chris Zhang
56:34
@ Cherry. For the 10.2 deadline, do I have to mail it out before 10.2? or Does the USCIS have to receive before 10.2?
Cherry Cha
56:59
@Cuixin if you send your STEM packet after OPT ends, it will get denied
Menghang Shen
57:12
If my f1 visa on the passport is expired, but I20 is still valid, passport is still valid, is that ok?
Cherry Cha
57:40
@shubham yes, copy is OK, you keep the original
Edwin Caminho
57:56
Can I get my F-1 Visa renewed in the US? I can’t do it in my country as the US consulate is closed.
Armin Haghnejad
57:59
is there any hours limit for working during opt? I mean what if you work more than 40 hours?
Angela Ye
58:09
I'm a Canadian, so I don't have a F-1 Visa on my passport, what can I do? Also, I'm in Canada right now, so I have to go back to US before I apply for OPT? If I go back to US after graduation, do I lose the possibility of applying for OPT?
Naretrit Wattanawiboonkit
58:18
My F1 visa is expiring at the end of December 2021 and Fall 2020 is my last semester, when should I start the OPT process?
Cherry Cha
58:31
@ Yi Lin you need to have a passport which has at least 6 months validation
Cherry Cha
59:44
@shahzad We send your OPT by email, so you can print and send it. Also please update your mailing address to get the original by mail.
Zalak Patel
59:57
My program is MA in web design So do I have to apply for opt first or I can directly apply for stem ?
Cuixin Mai
01:00:23
is there any suggestion for apply for a passport renew since the embassday in San Francisco is currently closed?
Cherry Cha
01:00:38
@shahzad yes, you are applying for SSN at the same time with OPT
Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
01:00:43
Is it possible to start earlier than the date mentioned on the start date?
Yidan Lu
01:01:40
If I get opt right now, than I continue study here for MFA program, after MFA graduation could I redo my OPT again?
Cherry Cha
01:01:40
@jingsi you must wait till your get the work authorization to continue to work
Cherry Cha
01:02:18
@jingsi you need to send a check/money order when you mail.
Cherry Cha
01:03:28
@Chris we recommend to send it by 10/01 with post mark so it’s before 10/02
Cherry Cha
01:04:11
@shubham please download from USCIS website
Cherry Cha
01:04:56
@Edwin the visa can be renewed only outside of the US.you can stay in the US with expired visa
Cherry Cha
01:06:00
@Armin there is minimum requirement which is 20 hours per week, no maximum hours, but there’s overtime policy, please discuss with your company.
Cherry Cha
01:06:41
@Naretrit please try to send your OPT as soon as you can
Cuixin Mai
01:07:16
How does the opt and stem opt apply process affect by the Covid currently? Does it takes longer to make it happen?
Cherry Cha
01:07:30
@shubham yes, you need to count 90 days from the start date on the EAD card
Cuixin Mai
01:07:57
what if our opt expired while waiting for Stem opt approve? Are we still eligible to work during the gap?
Cherry Cha
01:08:06
@iting you need to send the current passport copy
AYESHA MULANI
01:09:05
I am taking only one class this semester, does it affect my application timeline?
Cherry Cha
01:09:06
@Cuixin please contact your consulate to see if there is another way to get renewed.
Cherry Cha
01:09:40
@shahzad you need to wait to get the EAD to begin working
Victor Garnica
01:10:38
If your application gets rejected do you need to pay again if you apply again?
Cherry Cha
01:10:41
@Yidan OPT is given one time per degree level, if you apply for OPT from BFA, then do the MFA, yes you can apply for another OPT
Cherry Cha
01:11:34
@shubham CPT is for US based company
Cherry Cha
01:12:26
@shubham yes you can do MFA after OPT, however there’s no OPT since you already get the OPT from MA
Cuixin Mai
01:12:53
what if our opt expired while waiting for Stem opt approve? Are we still eligible to work during the gap?
Cherry Cha
01:13:25
@Aunyavee yes, please attach the legal documents if your name is different on visa or passport.
Cherry Cha
01:14:21
@Cuixin it may delay, now it takes 3-5 months
Cherry Cha
01:15:21
@Cuixin yes you have up to 180 days to work without STEM EAD after your Opt ends while STEM is pending
Cherry Cha
01:16:00
@Ayesha no, taking only 1 class in your final semester is OK to apply for OPT.
Cuixin Mai
01:17:07
Thank you all for help answering our questions!
Cherry Cha
01:17:33
@Hyojeing if your packet has the post mark before 10/02, it’s OK to send $410. Please make sure to send by 10/01 express mail.
Angela Ye
01:17:43
If I graduated and left US, but later got a job offer in US, do I get H1B visa instead?
Cherry Cha
01:18:28
@victor if your packet is rejected, normally USCIS returns everything including the fee.
Cherry Cha
01:19:34
Any more questions? Please feel free to let us know.
Cherry Cha
01:19:55
If you have any questions, please send us an email
Cherry Cha
01:21:30
@shubham O1 visa is available for Indians as well, please find more info here
Cherry Cha
01:21:32
https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1-visa-individuals-with-extraordinary-ability-or-achievement
Cherry Cha
01:22:07
intlservices@academyart.edu
Cherry Cha
01:24:43
Thanks everyone!
Cherry Cha
01:25:58
@Iting yes, please make sure to bring your valid passport, f-1 visa, OPT I-20 with signature, OPT EAD card, employment verification letter
Cuixin Mai
01:26:09
It's the digital sign also works for application? Currently in Covid situation?
Cherry Cha
01:26:46
@Cuixin, for I-765, you have to “hand” sign.
Cuixin Mai
01:27:17
Thank you all team!
Cherry Cha
01:27:26
Thanks everyone!
JongWhee Lee
01:27:27
Can I use scan image sign for I-765?
Angela Ye
01:27:32
thank you!
Cherry Cha
01:27:45
@Jongwhee, no, please hand sign
Cherry Cha
01:28:06
Hope you all stay safe!
Kathleen_ArtU
01:28:10
Thank you students for attending today and asking great questions! Thank you to our International Student Services panelists for the great presentation and all the valuable information! Be safe and healthy everyone, and enjoy the rest of your Fall semester!
AYESHA MULANI
01:28:14
Thank you for the the webinar.
Yidan Lu
01:28:28
Thank you all
Yi Lin
01:28:40
Thank you
Sampreeth Niveditha Lokesh
01:28:41
Thank you all. Have a nice day
Cherry Cha
01:29:02
@Ying please download from USCIS website directly
Ying Dai
01:29:38
Thank you !
Kathleen_ArtU
01:29:57
International Student Services Office Email: intlservices@academyart.edu Phone: 415-274-2208 Website: 
https://www.academyart.edu/admissions/international-student-resources/
John Blair
01:30:41
Thank you all for attending!