Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is an F-1 student benefit that allows you to work off-campus in a job related to your major. It is meant to supplement your academic experience with practical experience.

9/5/17
Optional Practical Training may be used before or after graduation.  Read more to find out which type of OPT is used in different circumstances.  
7/27/17
Learn what you must do to maintain your F-1 status while you are on Post-Completion OPT.
6/19/17
The Cap Gap is the period after F-1 students’ Optional Practical Training has expired, but before their H-1B work authorization begins on October 1. The OPT Cap Gap Extension automatically extends F-1 students’ immigration status and work authorization in order to bridge the gap between the end of their F-1 status and the start of their H-1B status.
9/5/17
F-1 students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degrees in fields listed on the STEM Designated Degree Program List are eligible for the 24-Month OPT STEM Extension.
7/31/17
To maintain your F-1 status while on a 24-Month OPT STEM Extension, you must satisfy a number of requirements.