Employment: Optional Practical Training (OPT)

General Info about OPT:  

What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)? OPT is a way to live and work in the U.S. and to gain hands-on experience in your academic field.

The week of April 7, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security published an Interim Final Rule, which makes changes to post-completion OPT. To view the changes, download and read Optional Practical Training Updates (PDF).

When can I apply for OPT? Students apply for OPT during their last semester of study.Students can apply for post-completion OPT up to 90 days before the program end date and up to 60 days after the program end date.

Note: The OPT application must be submitted to USCIS within 30 days of the date that the International Student Services school official enters the OPT recommendation in SEVIS.

How do I apply for OPT? Please attend a workshop, review the OPT power point presentation and OPT instructions below and contact staff in the International Education & Programs Office (Sisson Hall ), for information about applying for OPT.

OPT Workshops currently being offered

  • Wednesday, February 8th at 9 a.m. in Sisson 142
  • Thursday, February 9th at 9 a.m. in Sisson 142


OPT Documents

17-Month STEM OPT Extensions Documents & Links

OPT Updates

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