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.

ATTENTION!

Students on the 12-month post-completion OPT must report employment information at SEVP Portal. Contact the F-1 International student advisors at f1@sfsu.edu if you do not have a SEVP Portal account.  Include your full name, SF State ID and SEVIS ID in your email.

How to Apply for OPT

All applicants are required to review the OPT Information and Application Workshop 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 (PDF, 2.13MB)

 

Important Dates

Summer 2018 graduates

Program completion date: August 14, 2018

First day to apply for OPT: May 16, 2018
Last day to apply OPT: September 28, 2018
Requested OPT start date must begin between: August 15, 2018 - October 13, 2018
 

Fall 2018 graduates

Program completion date: January 8, 2019
 
First day to apply for OPT: October 10, 2018
Last day to apply OPT: February 18, 2019
Requested OPT start date must begin between: January 9, 2019 to March 9, 2019
 

 

Updated on 8/24/2018