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Optional Practical Training


Optional practical training is one type of work permission available for eligible F-1 students. It allows students to get real-world work experience related to their field of study.

While a Designated School Official (DSO) recommends OPT in SEVIS, it is the student who must apply for the work permit with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If the OPT is approved, USCIS will issue an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The student must not begin working before the start date on the EAD. This employment option allows students to get real-world work experience directly related to the individual’s major area of study listed on the form I-20. Students are eligible to receive 12 months for each higher education level of study.

What is Optional Practical Training?

  • Type of temporary work permission available for eligible F-1 students
  • Ability to get real-world work experience directly related to the individual’s program of study listed on the form I-20
  • 12 months available for each higher education level of study (i.e. bachelors, masters, PhD, etc.)
  • Requested by the student and authorized by USCIS.

Types of optional practical training:

  • Pre-completion OPT: Any portion of OPT used before the student’s Program End Date. It may be part-time or full-time.
  • Post-completion OPT: Any portion of OPT used after the student’s Program End Date. It must be full-time.
  • 24-month (STEM) OPT Extension: For students who majored in designated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degrees approved by DHS. This type of OPT is a 24-month extension of OPT.
  • Cap-Gap OPT Extension: For students whose prospective employers filed a qualifying H-1B-cap subject petition.

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