Application of Optional Practical Training
The OPT a one-year working opportunity for international students after their graduations. Before the new rules came out, international students only had one OPT no matter how many years you study at the college or what kind of degree (undergraduate, master or PHD etc.) you study for. For instance, if you want to continue to study master degree after bachelor degree, you can save the OPT after you finish the master degree or you can use the OPT after you get the bachelor degree. You only have one chance. However, for the newly updated OPT, international students will have another OPT opportunity if you go for a higher degree. For example, you got your bachelor degree and did your OPT, but you still can get second OPT opportunity if you go for a master degree, which is higher degree than master.
As for the procedures of applying for the OPT, there are some simply steps could be followed:
There are two months gross period after you finish your OPT no matter when you start your OPT. For instance, if the last of your OPT is on Oct 17, 2004, you can stay in the US till Dec 16, 2004.
PS: Above is just personal experiences. The rules and procedures are changing all the time, please always contact with ISS Office for up to date information.