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.

OPT Information and Application Workshop

Important Dates

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

Summer 2017

If completing program in R1 session:

Program completion date: July 11, 2017
 
First day to apply for OPT: April 12, 2017
Last day to apply OPT: August 25, 2017
First possible day to start OPT: July 12, 2017
Last possible day to start OPT: September 9, 2017
 

If completing program in R2, R3, or R4 session:

Program completion date: August 15, 2017
 
First day to apply for OPT: May 17, 2017
Last day to apply OPT: September 29, 2017
First possible day to start OPT: August 16, 2017
Last possible day to start OPT: October 14, 2017