USCIS has published notice reminding F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) that transferring to another school or beginning another educational level automatically terminates their OPT and the associated employment authorization document (EAD). Students in F-1 status will not otherwise be affected as long as they comply with all requirements for maintaining student status. This includes not working with a terminated EAD.

Currently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) informs USCIS of the termination date and the OPT termination is automatic. USCIS has updated its systems and will enter the EAD termination date after being notified by SEVP. USCIS will notify affected students and provide them with an opportunity to correct any errors in the record through their designated school official (DSO).

Working in the U.S. without employment authorization can have serious immigration consequences, including removal from the country and bars to reentry.

If you need further information or assistance in this or any other U.S. immigration matter, please contact our office.