Can I study half time on OPT?

Microsoft ScionTC
Apr 20 10 Comments

Hi!

I have a manager who is very supportive of me taking master’s classes at UW. It seems like H1B holders can take classes part time, but I didn’t find conclusive information on rules for OPT full time employees.

Can anyone chime in?

TC: Scion

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  • F5 Networks / Eng moveon?
    What's your current status? H1B?
    Apr 20 6
    • F5 Networks / Eng moveon?
      But, I'm confused. If you're on OPT, aren't you already in school?

      You can't do part time classes, full time work. Because you're on F1 visa.

      You can do part time work, full time classes. You can do full time work after 9 months of school, but only upto 12 months of Full Time.
      Apr 20
    • Microsoft ScionTC
      OP
      I am working full time on Post-Completion OPT, which for STEM majors is up to 3 years. During this time, MS will put my name in the H1B lottery.
      Apr 21
    • F5 Networks / Eng moveon?
      So you did your BS, and are on STEM OPT and now you want to get your MS?

      If yes, depends on the program if they allow part time. Those are usually Professional Masters, which takes about 3 years to complete.

      But, yes, it is doable.
      Apr 21
    • Microsoft ScionTC
      OP
      Great! Thanks F5
      Apr 21
    • F5 Networks / Eng moveon?
      You're welcome. Good luck.
      Apr 21
  • Cloudera / Product bluecat
    Best way to know is to contact UW’s admission/ international student dept.
    Apr 20 0
  • Amazon 63784747
    Should be allowed! Curious. Is it CS MS?
    Apr 20 1
    • Microsoft ScionTC
      OP
      Yeah! That’s what I am thinking right now.
      Apr 21

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