Optional Practical Training (OPT) gives F-1 students an opportunity for work experience in the U.S. before and/or after completion of their degree. It is limited to a total of 12 months for each higher degree level in a field directly related to your course of study. Unlike Curricular Practical Training (CPT), OPT does not have to be included as a required internship or practicum listed in the student’s course descriptions.
F-1 students are eligible for Optional Practical Training if you have maintained full-time student status for at least one academic year (2 semesters). Students are eligible for OPT:
- during vacation period
- after completion of all course requirements
- part-time during academic year and
- full-time after completion of the program of study
Students must complete practical training within 14 months after completion of the course of study.
Students do not have to have a job offer to apply for Optional Practical Training.
Students who have engaged in one year or more of full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT) are ineligible for Optional Practical Training.
Students must apply for OPT by your completion date. You can be authorized to work up to 60 days after completion of your program.
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