The Tech: ISO responds to work authorization delays affecting international students’ internships
As of Sunday, 43 graduate students and two undergraduate students have filed Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization applications, David Elwell, associate dean and director of MIT’s International Students Office (ISO), wrote in an email to The Tech.
Fifteen of these applications have been approved, seven have been changed to Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorizations, and 23 are still pending, Elwell wrote. All of the students with pending applications are graduate students.
“Nineteen of those applications have extended beyond the internship start date while four are still within the timeframe of the requested start date,” Elwell continued.