Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Report OPT Employment

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.  

The processing time at OIP is 10 business days (not including weekends and holidays).  You will need to pick up a new I-20 at OIP and mail it to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with an application fee and application materials.  The processing time at USCIS is 90 days.  Please plan accordingly.

OPT Information and Application Workshop

Important Dates

Summer 2017

Program completion date: August 17, 2017 (All Sessions)

First day to apply for OPT: May 17, 2017
Last day to apply OPT: September 25, 2017
First possible day to start OPT: August 18, 2017
Last possible day to start OPT: October 16, 2017
 

Fall 2017 Graduates

Program completion date: January 4, 2018

First day to apply for OPT: Friday, October 6, 2017
Last day to apply OPT: Monday, February 12, 2018
First possible day to start OPT: January 5, 2018
Last possible day to start OPT: March 5, 2018

Updated on 8/4/2017