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USCIS Reminds F-1 Students that Transferring to Another School or Beginning Studies at Another Educational Level Automatically Terminates their OPT and Employment Authorization.

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While the USCIS’s reminder is not new information, the USCIS wants to remind F-1 students that they should be mindful in making sure that they do not engage in unauthorized employment, especially if their employment authorization document (EAD) has been terminated due to school transfer or change in their educational level (i.e. starting master’s program after completing the bachelor’s degree program). EAD termination is done by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ‘s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) informing the USCIS of the OPT /EAD termination date, and that termination is automatic. USCIS will then notify the affected F-1 student to allow the F-1 student the opportunity to correct any errors via the F-1 student’s Designated School Official (DSO). It is vital that F-1 students do not engage in unauthorized employment in the U.S. because that can lead to serious repercussions, such as removal from the U.S. and being barred from re-entering the U.S. in the future.

Should our readers have any further questions about OPT/EAD termination, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss this matter further.