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Office of International Student Services
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Advice for Seniors
Congratulations on reaching your Senior Year! As a senior you have three immigration related options before you:
If you will be returning home or elsewhere abroad after obtaining your Knox degree, be aware that you may remain in the United States for up to 60 days after your program completion date as noted on your SEVIS I-20.
If you plan to pursue a certificate or higher degree in the U.S., you will need to apply to a school authorized to admit F-1 students. Once accepted, you will transfer to the new school as an F-1 with the same SEVIS number and an I-20 from your new school. Before issuing the I-20, the new school will want to know if you are in good academic, conduct, and payment status at Knox.
If you plan to apply for OPT, keep in mind that OPT is designed to allow you to look for, accept, and experience work commensurate with your academic background and educational level. If you are not working or looking for work, you are not maintaining status. If you decide to apply to grad school while on OPT, be sure to complete your application well in advance of the OPT end date.
What should I be sure to do in my last year at Knox?
All graduating seniors should take care of the following items no later than the end of winter term, by April 15, or while on OPT, as applicable: