OPT for F1 Students
OPT Timeline
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study.
  • Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion).
  • Certain F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT).
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EAD Mailing Status
OPT Case Status (by receipt date)
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E-verify Database
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information entered by an employer from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility.
What is OPT
What is an OPT Visa?
The Optional Practical Training(OPT) for
international students is a program which
allows them to work in the US. The students
can get an OPT authorization from the US
Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS)
and find a job.
More info about OPT >>
Different types of OPT
  • Pre completion OPT is for students who are working and studying at the same time.
  • Post completion OPT means that you are working after you graduated.
  • STEM OPT is for students with a degree in STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematiecs)
How to Apply for OPT