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.
Students on the 12-month post-completion OPT must report employment information at SEVP Portal. Contact the F-1 International student advisors at email@example.com 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.
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
Updated on 8/24/2018