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As F-1 students, your options following your graduation from Earlham are somewhat limited and you will need to begin planning and taking action early.
If you are planning to leave the U.S. after graduation you should take the following steps:
If you are planning to attend graduate school within 5 months of your program end date, there are certain steps you will need to take in order to ensure that you maintain your F-1 status until you are enrolled at your new institution.
F-1 students who maintain legal status are eligible for employment directly related to their field of study. This form of employment is limited to 12 months. You must have completed the employment within 14 months of graduation. You must apply for this form of employment prior to the end date on your I-20, you may only work once you have received an Employment Authorization Document from USCIS (the process for receiving this document takes approximately 3-6 months). Students wishing to pursue OPT should take the following steps: