Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Process to Apply for OPT
I. Submit the required documents for I-20 processing through the International Services Portal. Once OIA processes your I-20 with OPT requested, you can then complete your OPT application to USCIS.
II. Attend an OPT Information Session or book an appointment with OIA should you have any questions regarding the OPT application process.
II. Submit your application to USCIS: Apply online. Do not submit your application to USCIS until you upload your OPT Requested I-20 and all other required documents.
Traveling Abroad During OPT
REMINDER: Individuals on OPT are still required to report their international travel plans prior to travel through the International Services Portal.
Students who have already completed their programs and have a pending OPT are strongly advised not to travel.
Once your OPT application has been approved and you have received your EAD card, you may travel outside the U.S. Refer to our International Travel Guidance page for more information.