Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of work authorization for F-1 students who are completing a bachelor’s or graduate degree in the US. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for employment experience in a student’s field of study. OPT is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Students who are interested in applying for OPT must complete the OPT Workshop.

OPT Workshop

The OPT Workshop includes the following information:

  • OPT eligibility requirements
  • Application timeline
  • Filing deadline
  • Form I-765 instructions
  • Mailing instructions
  • OPT & Travel
  • Reporting requirements while on OPT
  • Other pertinent topics related to OPT

OPT Application Checklist

OPT I-20 Request Form

Spring 2017 graduates can submit their OPT I-20 Request to OIS as early as February 13, 2017.

OPT Employment Reporting System

Students on OPT must report their employment information to OIS. Students can update their employment information once they receive their EAD in the mail, the start date on the EAD has been reached, and they have a job offer.