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Updated information on OPT: 

See DHS Study in the States website:

For general USCIS questions, please call 1-800-375-5283.

Travel Outside the United States

The applicant cannot travel outside the U.S. during the time the application for OPT is pending with USCIS.

Once the applicant has been issued the EAD, reentry provisions require:

  • That the SEVIS I-20 be endorsed and updated on the SEVIS screen by the ISSS
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card
  • A valid F-1 Entry Visa
  • Have a letter from your employer

Students who do not meet these requirements may not be allowed to re-enter the U.S. Please consult with an International advisor if planning to temporarily depart the U.S. during the authorized practical training period. For more information contact:

Kearney International Center
250 Centennial Student Union
Minnesota State Universtiy, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-1281
or use our contact form.