Pre-completion OPT is OPT that students can engage in before completion of their studies. Pre-completion OPT has the same application process and reporting requirements as other forms of OPT. It is rare for UWT students to apply for pre-completion OPT. Students who want to gain practical experience during their studies normally apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). See the chart below for differences between these two benefits.
|Application Reviewed by||International Student Advisor at UW Tacoma||United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|
|Offer from Employer||Required||Not required|
|Internship Class||Required (must register before the deadline to add a class)||Not required|
|Processing Time||5 business days||90 calendar days or longer|
|Hours per week||Up to 40 hours/week||Limited to 20 hours per week while enrolled in classes and up to 40 hours per week during breaks.|
|Post-completion OPT Implication||Loss of eligibility when full-time CPT is used for 365 days. Otherwise, no impact.**||Time spent on Pre-completion OPT will be deducted from 12 months of Post-completion OPT.|
**There have been reported cases in which USCIS deducted used CPT time from the 12 months of Post-completion OPT.
Students who are interested in applying for pre-completion OPT should contact their International Student Advisor.