Optional Practical Training
Undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status can work towards getting practical training in their field of study.
This is called Optional Practical Training (OPT). There are two types: pre-completion and post-completion.
New OPT STEM Extention Requirements!
Your major must be eligible for the STEM OPT as determined by the Department of Homeland Security's approved list of majors that appear on the Department of Education CIP Code list of STEM majors. Read more about the determination of STEM eligible majors at Study in the States .
Three months prior to the end of your first 12 months of OPT:
1. Have your employer complete the I-983 Training program form (form and instructions below)
2. Email completed form for approval to email@example.com
3. Once approved, gather all the items on the checklist (below).
4. Schedule a phone appointment to complete the application using the button below.
Credit Card Authorization Form (if desire to pay by credit card)
Pre-completion OPT is done before you graduate.
Post-completion OPT is done after you graduate.