Can I split up my OPT into multiple segments?
You are eligible for only one post-completion OPT segment per completed program of study. You must begin post-completion OPT within 60 days of your program end date. Any OPT you do not request or use will be forfeited. At the same level, you can split post-completion OPT into multiple sections ; for example, you can use six months of OPT after completing a master’s program in computer science, and use the remaining six months after completing an MBA. However, if you choose not to apply for OPT at the time you complete a program, you cannot go back at some point in the future and claim that OPT time. In this sense, OPT is a ‘use it or lose it’ proposition.