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Optional Practical Training (OPT)

 
Standard Optional Practical Training (OPT) 

A type of work authorization that must be used for employment related to your major area of study. F1 students may apply for part-time OPT (20 hours per week) and use it while in classes, or full-time OPT and use it during the summer break. OPT is also the ONLY type of work authorization available to you after you graduate. Each student has one year of OPT available. Any time you use while in school will detract from the amount available when you graduate. The cost payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security is $410.
 
Start an OPT Request

 If you have not yet started an application, click here to get started.
 
Continue an OPT Request

If you have already started an application and need to edit or continue working on your application, click here.
 
* If you previously clicked to learn more about OPT from the link above, then you have ALREADY STARTED an application and do not need to start another application. Please use the 'Continue an OPT Request' link to continue your application.

STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT)

STEM OPT is a 24-month work authorization extension for F-1 students who received a degree in a qualifying Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field of study.
 
Start a STEM OPT Request

 If you have not yet started an application, click here to get started.
 
Continue a STEM OPT Request

If you have already started an application and need to edit or continue working on your application, click here.
 
* If you previously clicked to learn more about STEM OPT from the link above, then you have ALREADY STARTED an application and do not need to start another application. Please use the 'Continue a STEM OPT Request' link to continue your application.

STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Report Participation

While on STEM OPT, you are required to report participation every 12 months, even if there have been no changes in employment.
 
Start a STEM OPT Report Participation Request

 If you have not yet started an application, click here to get started.
 
Continue a STEM OPT Report Participation Request

If you have already started an application and need to edit or continue working on your application, click here.
 
* If you previously clicked to learn more about STEM OPT Report Participation from the link above, then you have ALREADY STARTED an application and do not need to start another application. Please use the 'Continue a STEM OPT Report Participation Request' link to continue your application.