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    Edmundo Daco Jr.

    Optional Practical Training applications are rejected for various reasons.

    1. Your application was done beyond the allowed time-frame. That is, 90 days before the completion of the degree and up to 60 days after graduation. For new F-1 visa holders, your OPT application will be rejected if you haven’t completed a full academic year of education in the US yet.
    2. You have already worked for 12 months on CPT. For an education level (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D.), only a total duration of 12 months is allowed for both CPT and OPT per F-1 student.
    3. You have already taken 12 months of OPT for the same education level. Only one OPT is allowed per level of study.
    4. The employment that you applied for your OPT is not related to your major. Even though OPT is not necessarily a part of your curriculum, it should at least be related to your major.
    5. Incomplete applications, errors on the form, incomplete documents or missing photographs will not get you an outright rejection. However, you will receive a Request for Evidence which you will have to complete.

    There could be other reasons why an OPT application is rejected. If so, the USCIS will send you a letter notifying you of the rejection and the reason for it.

    Note: This is not a legal advice.

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