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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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.