Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Who is Eligible for Optional Practical Training?
A full-time student in legal F-1 status, who has been enrolled in school for at least one academic year, may be eligible for up to 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for each degree program. Full-time study in another nonimmigrant status (such as J-1, H-4, A-2) also counts towards the academic year requirement. OPT employment must be related to the student’s degree program.
Pre-completion OPT during school vacations
Pre-completion OPT during the school year