When You Don't Complete Coursework Before Your EAD Starts
I plan to graduate in December, and my I-20 does not expire until May of the following year. What happens if I receive the EAD before the end of December, but then I do not graduate as planned?
If your Optional Practical Training (OPT) has been approved but you do not complete the required coursework before the start date for employment, you can return to school but may only use the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work part-time (20 hours or less).
The 12-month period of eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT) will have commenced. If your full 12 month period of eligibility had already been applied for and approved, you will not be eligible for more OPT, even if you use your EAD only for part-time employment. When you are delayed incompleting your required coursework, you will be unable to use part of your practical training time.