Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit given to F-1 students who are completing a Bachelor's or graduate degree in the United States. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for employment experience in a student’s field of study. OPT is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
OPT Online Workshop
F-1 international students interested in applying for OPT must complete the OPT Online Workshop. It includes important details about eligibility requirements, application timeline, reporting requirements and other pertinent topics related to OPT. All necessary forms for the OPT application are available at the end of the online workshop.
90 Day Unemployment Rule
F-1 regulations limit the time of unemployment a student can accrue during OPT to a maximum of 90 days. Please review this guide for further details.
OPT Employer Information Update
The OPT Employer Information Update is strictly for students who have been approved for OPT.
F-1 students currently on OPT can report employer information, changes to employment or any periods of unemployment here. OIS recommends that all employer updates be made immediately after any changes to employment.