Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Academic Year 2021-2022: If you have submitted a request for CPT, Pre-Completion OPT, Post-Completion OPT or OPT STEM, your I-20 will be sent electronically via DocuSign once it is processed. A hardcopy I-20 visa document will no longer be issued as SEVP guidance allows electronic issuance of the I-20. If you received your I-20 electronically after this date and have paid for mailing you can contact eShipGlobal directly to cancel your shipment.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work authorization available to international students who have been in valid F-1 status for at least three consecutive quarters and who plan to seek employment in the U.S. in their field of study. OPT allows F-1 student to work legally for a period of up to one year, full-time. OPT is recommended by an advisor at the International Center, but final approval is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
- Valid F-1 status
- Enrollment in at least three consecutive quarters
- NOTE: If summer is your last quarter you must be enrolled in at least six units, which is considered full-time or be approved to go part-time/filing fee in your last quarter. If you will take online classes during your last quarter, please read about Online Course requirements before applying for OPT.
- Pursuing a Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. degree
- Employment must be related directly to the major area of study
OPT Information Workshop
The International Center will offer OPT Information Workshops to assist you with questions you have about the OPT application process. You will receive an overview of a complete OPT application and will review the most frequently asked questions about OPT. You are encouraged to bring your OPT application materials to the workshop to review with International Center staff. Arrive on time at the beginning of the workshop you plan to attend. The workshop will begin as scheduled below and last for one hour.
|OPT Information Workshop Schedule|
Every Wednesday: 9:30am