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Let’s talk about OPT and STEM OPT - Shared screen with gallery view
Hasthi Chauhan
33:55
hello!
Fei Xu
34:01
hello
xun sun
34:07
hello from SF
Yuan Jen Yu
34:09
Hello
Kathleen_ArtU
34:13
Hello, students! Thanks for joining us! If you have not already, please say hello in the chat pod and let us know where you are joining from. :)
Luiza Maia
34:13
Hi from SF
Halimat Usman
34:16
hello from sf
Kathleen_ArtU
34:32
Students, as I mentioned before, when typing in the chat, please click the drop down and select “Panelists and Attendees”, so that other students can see your question/comment, which will help connect the replies provided by our panelist/presenters. Thanks!
Manali Shah
34:38
Hello from Bay Area
Kathleen_ArtU
35:08
Also, students please hold any questions you have until after the presentation. Thanks!
Xinyi Shen
35:39
hello from sf!
Kristina Gross
35:54
yes
Linda Piacentini
35:55
yes
Xinyun Lyu
35:55
yes
Hai Hsiang Lang
35:56
yes
Wa gao
35:56
yea
tanavi yadav
35:58
yes
Luiza Maia
35:59
yes
Nathaniel Nathaniel
36:01
yes
Prachedes Germano
36:03
yes
Kathleen_ArtU
38:16
https://my.academyart.edu/content/dam/assets/pdf/int-stud/opt-online-tutorial.pdf
Kathleen_ArtU
38:36
https://www.uscis.gov/i-765
Kathleen_ArtU
39:06
https://my.academyart.edu/aau-forms/international-admissions/opt-i-20-request-form
Kathleen_ArtU
43:37
International Student Services email: intlservices@academyart.edu
Kathleen_ArtU
45:27
AAU Career Services email: careerdevelopment@academyart.edu
Kathleen_ArtU
46:23
https://my.academyart.edu/students/my-academy/student-resources/international-student-resources#OPT-Reporting
Kathleen_ArtU
48:01
International Student Services email: intlservices@academyart.edu
Kathleen_ArtU
48:22
https://www.sevp.ice.gov/opt/#/login
Kathleen_ArtU
51:38
https://www.e-verify.gov/
Kathleen_ArtU
53:21
International Student Services email: intlservices@academyart.edu
Kathleen_ArtU
53:22
Website: https://www.academyart.edu/admissions/international-student-resources/
KS Oh
53:31
How do I know if my company is E-verify?
tanavi yadav
53:36
Can we work for multiple employers while on OPT?
Luiza Maia
53:37
What about OPT for fine artists? We’re not always employed, but sometimes just working on paintings for a future show. Is this ok? Would I need a business license in this case, since I wouldn’t have a contract yet?
Linda Piacentini
53:38
What are the method of payment I can use? Only check?What if I want to travel in between end of the semester and beginning of new employment?
Camille Jouanno
53:47
If we want our OPT to start 2 month after completion are you allowed to stay in US until our OPT start date ? Are we able to travel outside the US and come back before our OPT start date ?
Atila Salviano
54:14
Is it possible to get a H1B visa after OPT?
Manali Shah
54:16
Can I travel after applying for OPT and before I receive EAD card?
Cherry Cha
54:29
@dandan yes, you have regular OPT, and STEM, STEM is an extension of OPT
Valeryia Haletskaya
54:40
If I am graduating on August (summer is my last semester) when the best time to apply for OPT?
Linda Piacentini
55:05
The part time needs to have a minimum of 20 hours?
Linda Piacentini
55:11
Or the 20 hours are cumulative?
Yuan Jen Yu
55:19
Hi, I know my question is not smart. If my company is not in US, but they allow remote work. Does this situation work for OPT?
Sam Lam
55:29
You mentioned CPT approval in the last semester may cause a delay in applying for OPT. So is it not recommended for me to look for internships anymore?
Ka Wing Li
55:30
im graduating this summer instead of the spring semester, so should I still apply my OPT 90 days before my summer semester ends, which is not on the May29th. thank you.
Halimat Usman
55:35
Hi, My question is. I’m in a situation were my visa is expired and couldn’t go home due to covid to renew, but i want to go home this February to renew it, is it going to affect my process, i guess i have till the ending of July?
KS Oh
55:43
how important is my previous OPT and CPT documents, if I no longer have a copy of them, what should I do?
Luiza Maia
55:44
If I am a freelancer working on commissions, would a written contract with the commissioner be good to prove it? Would commissions from overseas be acceptable?
Cherry Cha
55:59
@Linda you may get a check or other compensation like transportation fee or insurance, or etc....
Ting Wei
56:08
How can I visit my AAU email? What can I do if I forget my password?
Cherry Cha
56:37
@Valeria you may start to apply for OPT in MAy, 90 days before the program end date
Fifi Law
56:46
Do I have to sign my OPT I-20 before I sent out my application?
Valeryia Haletskaya
56:48
Do we need to obtain SSN card after receiving EAD?
Prachedes Germano
57:01
Do I need to report to AAU Employment form and the US website or can I just do at AAU and you update for the government?
Kathleen_ArtU
57:26
@Ting: for issues with your AAU email and password, please contact Online Help Desk: Phone, U.S. only (toll-free): 1.888.431.2787 (ARTS) Phone, International: +1.415.618.3545 Email: online@academyart.edu
tanavi yadav
57:27
if OPT students do not find employment, can the OPT students freelance?
Nathaniel Nathaniel
58:41
for change of employment, do we report to uscis, the school or both?
Sam Lam
59:06
If we’re still in the bay, can we schedule an appointment to review the package in person before we submit it?
Cherry Cha
59:22
@Linda you must have 20 hours per week average
KS Oh
59:47
The 90 days unemployment period, is that a cumulative counts towards STEM, does that continue towards the STEM program? or are they separate things? Which means it will be a brand new 90 days in the STEM program?
Heesun Kang
01:00:02
I think I will apply for OPT in the last week of March. Will it be too late? I’m worried about the delay because of the Covid.
Cherry Cha
01:00:03
@Atila, yes, please work with your company to apply for H1B
Haiping Pu
01:00:31
The H1B lottery is held in March every year. Our different majors are allowed to work at different OPT time. I am Fine Art Major. If I get an EAD card in May, can I work until March of the following year?
Manali Shah
01:00:33
Can I get an updated I-20 (after applying for OPT) be delivered at one address and the OPT approval documents including EAD card be delivered on the other address?
Cherry Cha
01:00:37
@Yuan your OPT company has to be based on the US
Cherry Cha
01:01:35
@Ka wing, yes, you need to apply 90 days before Summer ends
Yuan Jen Yu
01:01:45
Thank you Cherry
Ka Wing Li
01:01:57
thank you Cherry!
Cherry Cha
01:02:46
@Halimat, you can apply for OPT with expired visa. THe visa is only for re-entry permit to the US, it's fine to have expired visa in the US as long as you maintain your F-1 status.
Prachedes Germano
01:04:27
Do we have someone to help us within the documentation process? If we have doubts while answering the questions and applying for the OPT
Cherry Cha
01:04:32
@Luiza, your OPT company has to be based on the US. Commission payment is OK.
Cherry Cha
01:05:29
@Ting, if you forget your password, please click the link to reset your password when you log in on AAU website
Wa gao
01:06:01
This is my second time apply for OPT, is there any different than the first time I apply? Thank you !
Cherry Cha
01:06:06
@Fiti, yes, you need to sign on your OPT I-20
Camille Jouanno
01:06:14
John said to qualify for OPT we need to have been enrolled for an entire academic year meaning 9 month so Fall, Spring and Summer ?
Cherry Cha
01:07:07
@Valeriya When you apply for OPT, you also apply for SSN. SSN card will be mailed separately after you get the EAD card by mail.
Maria A Hernandez
01:07:18
If while on the OPT you have an expired visa but a valid f-1 Status, i-20 and passport can you leave the US?
Cherry Cha
01:07:57
@prachedes when you update on AAU website, we also update on SEVIS, so you can just report to school.
KS Oh
01:08:00
If my start date is picked for July for example, but I received my EAD card earlier, can I begin my work earlier?
Prachedes Germano
01:08:28
Thank you Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:09:09
@Lina, when you get the green card, please send the green card copy, so we can update your student status, it wont' affect on OPT application
Cherry Cha
01:09:38
@Tanavi, yes, you can freelance while on OPT
Jieun Seo
01:10:04
It’s my second time applying for OPT, should I include all I20, OPTs of my undergrad when mailing the packet?
Cherry Cha
01:10:14
@Nathaniel when you change the company, you nee to report to school.
Kim Dayanghirang
01:10:25
As a fine artist, can I be self-employed and sell my work without working for a company?
Prachedes Germano
01:10:30
Do we have 90 days to find a job after sending the documentation to SEVIS? It starts counting when I apply for it?
Cherry Cha
01:10:51
@Sam we work remotely, please send your documents to us to get reviewed
Luiza Maia
01:10:55
what if the freelance work is not hired by a company, but from a private client? Like for example one regular person commissions a painted portraited of themselves and in this case, I would work painting it by myself without a supervisor. How would I report it?
Fifi Law
01:11:00
On the AAU OPT Online tutorial, it mentions “Employees may present their USCIS Approval notice as a document for I-9 until Feb 1, 2021. Are they planning to extend this policy?
KS Oh
01:11:09
If my start date for OPT is 2 months after my graduation date, does the 2 months count towards my 90 days unemployment period? when does the unemployment period start counting?
Nathaniel Nathaniel
01:11:31
will we cover about tax filing as well?
Cherry Cha
01:12:06
@KS while you are OPT, you have 90 days for unemployment, and while on STEM 60 days for unemployment. You can carry unused unemployment time to STEM.
Cherry Cha
01:12:44
@Heesun, last week of March is still fine to apply for OPT
Heesun Kang
01:13:04
Thank you Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:14:48
@Haiping OPT is for 1 year, if your OPT ends after APril 1st, you can apply for H1B in that year.
Haiping Pu
01:15:09
Thank you Cherry!
KS Oh
01:15:52
Does our AAU email last forever? how long can we still have access to the email after graduation?
Cherry Cha
01:16:16
@Manali when you apply for OPT to USCIS, you need to write the mailing address for OPT card. so if you want us to mail the OPT I-20 to different address, that's fine
Linda Piacentini
01:16:19
do you receive a new SSN when changing from CPT to OPT?
Cherry Cha
01:16:53
@Nghi 90 days prior to program end date
Manali Shah
01:18:31
Thank you @cherry. One more question, can I travel after applying for OPT and before I receive EAD card?
Cherry Cha
01:18:45
@Chih 90 days unemployment time is for total time of OPT. So if you used 30 days already, you will have 60 days left, for example, it does not reset
Kathleen_ArtU
01:18:50
@KS: Alumni will have access to email for one year after graduation.
Cherry Cha
01:19:27
@Prachedes please ask us the questions anytime
Cherry Cha
01:20:23
@Wa you need to check the "renewal" on I-765 and include your previous EAD & previous OPT I-20 in the application.
Cherry Cha
01:21:09
@Camille, you need to complete at least 1 academic year of Spring & Fall semesters.
Camille Jouanno
01:21:52
Thank you Cherry
tanavi yadav
01:21:56
can OPT students work for an employers who doesn't have a e-verification number?
Cherry Cha
01:22:10
@Maria You must have a valid F-1 visa in order to return the US, please renew it before you return
Cherry Cha
01:22:57
@KS, you must begin to work on your OPT EAD card start date
Hasthi Chauhan
01:23:03
I am Currently in my last semester and currently volunteering with a company. how can I record that.
Linda Piacentini
01:23:57
The part time needs to have a minimum of 20 hours? Or the 20 hours are cumulative?
Linda Piacentini
01:24:12
Like with different part time jobs
Cherry Cha
01:25:19
@Kim, while on OPT, you can be self-employed and freelance.
Cherry Cha
01:25:54
@Prachedes your unemployment time starts on the start date on your EAD card
tanavi yadav
01:26:22
how do I report employment if i'm self-employed or freelancing?
Prachedes Germano
01:26:29
Thank you Cherry
Kim Dayanghirang
01:26:41
@Cherry if I’m self-employed, how do I report on the form without a company or supervisor?
Cherry Cha
01:26:50
@Luiza, you report to school as a freelancer or contractor. Also you can be self-employed
Cherry Cha
01:27:28
@Fifi no updates about it as of now.
Prachedes Germano
01:27:29
After submitting for the OPT how long is normally taking to receive the EAD card? Is the covid affecting in any way?
Cherry Cha
01:28:05
@KS your unemployment time start on the start date on your EAD card
Nathaniel Nathaniel
01:29:22
what if my EAD card arrives way too late?
Cherry Cha
01:29:23
@Sayaka, let's say, you have 3 jobs and one is 5 hours per week, another one is 7 hours per week, last one is 8 hours per week, that's fine as total hours are 20 hours per week.
Linda Piacentini
01:30:07
-what if I can get a part time job for some time that guarantees less than 20 hours while I am looking for another part time to add to that? Would that be considered unemployment?
Linda Piacentini
01:30:16
Thank cherry for the answer before! I didn’t see it
Cherry Cha
01:30:27
@Nathaniel you need ask CPA or your company about taxes.
Cherry Cha
01:31:19
@Linda SSN is for your life time, no need to get another one
Minseo Kang
01:32:01
If I get an unpaid internship, without any compensation before EAD arrives, can I take the internship?
Cherry Cha
01:32:29
@Manali after your program ends, you must have EAD card in order to return the US.
Jocelyn Quiroz
01:32:42
So once you have completed an MA and used OPT you can't get later an MFA and apply fot OPT again?
Cherry Cha
01:33:31
@Tanavi, yes, while on OPT, E-verify doesn't matter. only it's required for STEM company
tanavi yadav
01:34:44
How do I report employment if the company doesn't have an e-verify number?
Cherry Cha
01:34:46
@Hasthi Volunteering is OK since it's not paid. If you want to apply for CPT, please contact us.
tanavi yadav
01:34:51
Thank You Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:35:50
@Linda it's for total hours. You can add all hours from all jobs and average 20 hours per week.
Cherry Cha
01:36:54
@Nghi yes. you can start to apply for OPT starting from 03/01/2021 as no 02/29/2021 in 2021.
Jocelyn Quiroz
01:37:11
It is too late to apply for CPT during your last semester and later for OPT? How long does CPT application takes?
Cherry Cha
01:37:34
@Tanavi please report using OPT reporting form. it's in the OPT tutorial
tanavi yadav
01:37:54
Thank You Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:38:04
@Yoonhwa yes, including weekends & holidays
Luiza Maia
01:38:20
If I set the start date of my OPT for after the 60 days grace period after graduation, do I still have 60 days at the end of the OPT to leave the country?
Nghi Duong
01:38:36
So is the ealiest date to apply for OPT is Feb, 29?
Cherry Cha
01:38:42
@Prachedes it takes about 3-5 months nowadays
Nghi Duong
01:38:48
ok
Prachedes Germano
01:39:08
Thank you, Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:39:42
@Nathaniel if USCIS delays the processing, they normally put the start date when they issue your EAD card. Please contact us if there are any issues.
Cherry Cha
01:41:14
@Linda, 20 hours is minimum work hours by the OPT law. However, due to COVID19, you may work less than 20 hours for now, but we recommend to work 20 hours per week to be safe.
Cherry Cha
01:42:28
@Minseo There are immigration law & labor department law. We recommend you to wait till you start to work as there could be a conflict.
Cherry Cha
01:43:54
@Jocelyn OPT is given one time per degree level. so you get OPT after MA, you can't get another OPT after MFA.
Luiza Maia
01:44:13
I am still confused about what they consider unemployment vs. freelance in the case of fine artists working by themselves on developing paintings for a show, for example. Considering that in this case, there would not be a contract between artist and gallery
Cherry Cha
01:44:25
@Tanavi, E-verify is not required for OPT.
tanavi yadav
01:45:14
Thank You Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:46:12
@Jocelyn If you are qualified for CPT, you can apply for CPT, it takes about 3 business days once we have job offer letter & director's approval.
Jocelyn Quiroz
01:46:34
thanks Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:47:20
@Luiza Yes, let's say your OPT start date is 07/28/2021, and you maintain your OPT status, you will have 60 days grace period after 1 year of OPT.
Lucky Enam
01:47:29
this is my final semester when is the right time to apply for the OPT also which do I apply for STEM or OPT ?
Yoohwa Kim
01:47:41
When I am self employed am I allowed to work with foreign client only? I would like to help a foreign company launch their apparel collections in US.
Cherry Cha
01:47:53
@Nghi there's no 02/29/2021, so 03/01/2021
Yue Yu
01:48:32
If I didn't find work in 60 days, can I use 90 unemployed days to continue to find work?
Cherry Cha
01:49:03
@Lucky you may apply for OPT from 03/01/2021 and 07/27/2021, we recommend to apply as soon as you can.
Luiza Maia
01:49:21
Thank you! it is clear now for me regarding fine artists
Cherry Cha
01:49:33
@Lucky you apply for OPT now and apply for STEM before your OPT ends.
Kim Dayanghirang
01:49:57
What if I’m a self employed fine artist and sell through my own website, is that considered unemployment?
Cherry Cha
01:51:01
@Yue you have only 90 days for unemployment days
Annie Lee
01:51:10
Dose a paid or unpaid internship also can consider as employed?
Prachedes Germano
01:51:12
Can I contact the career department for help with resume and to find a job?
Lucky Enam
01:51:54
thanks Cherry
Cherry Cha
01:52:22
@Prachedes yes please contact career development center
Cherry Cha
01:53:26
@Hasthi you can apply for OPT in your last semester and you need work in your major filed. doesn't matter to get paid or not.
Prachedes Germano
01:53:27
That you Cherry, thank you all for the information provided.
Cherry Cha
01:53:49
Thank you, all!
Linda Piacentini
01:53:54
thanks all!
Yue Yu
01:53:57
Thanks John and Charry
Fifi Law
01:53:59
Thank you!
Cherry Cha
01:54:00
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions
Luiza Maia
01:54:04
Thank you!
KS Oh
01:54:06
thank you
Kathleen_ArtU
01:54:06
Thanks to the students that attended today and asking great questions! Thank you to our International Student Services panelists for the wonderful presentation, all the great resources, and answers in the chat! Have a great Spring semester and be well!
Ji Yea An
01:54:06
Thank you so much
Kim Dayanghirang
01:54:08
Thank you!
KS Oh
01:54:10
stay safe
Ting Wei
01:54:10
thank you!
Kristina Gross
01:54:17
Thank you
Heesun Kang
01:54:18
Thanks
Yoohwa Kim
01:54:20
Thank you Anna, John, Cherry, Polly~!!
Lucky Enam
01:54:20
thank you