F-1 Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary employment authorization that provides an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in an academic program to a practical work experience.

Read through each section of this web guide for detailed information and instructions about what OPT is, how to apply for it, and much more. If you are considering applying for OPT via the online USCIS process, please contact your OISS adviser before you submit anything via the USCIS portal.

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