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Applying for OPT during grace period.

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Filed: F-1 Visa Country: India

Hey guys.

I am an international student in the US. I graduated college on June 3rd (currently in the grace period). I am thinking of applying for an OPT. I read that you can apply for an OPT within the grace period. Also, I read that the latest date to BEGIN your OPT would be the last day of your grace period (60 days from graduation). I was just wondering if this means that if I start my OPT on August 3rd, that my grace period would NOT count within the 90 days that I am unemployed? Basically, what I'm asking is....the days that I am unemployed would be counted AFTER the OPT start date right? (and not the grace period).

I know that the USCIS might take 2-3 months to process the application but I do have some time remaining. And even if it doesn't work out, I am thinking of applying to graduate school for the spring, so I can use the time they process my application to prepare my application (recommendation letters etc) for graduate school.

Thank you for any advice!

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