Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies.
How to Apply for OPT
All applicants are required to review the OPT Information and Application Workshop (PDF, 2.13MB) before submitting OPT application materials to OIP. You will need a Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.
*Effective April 5, 2017, the processing time for OIP to issue I-20 with OPT recommendation is 10 business days (not including weekends and holidays). Please plan ahead.
Spring 2017 Graduates
Program completion date: June 3, 2017
First day to apply for OPT: March 6, 2017
Last day to apply OPT: July 19, 2017
First possible day to start OPT: June 4, 2017
Last possible day to start OPT: August 2, 2017