Optional Practical Training Application

Optional Practical Training (OPT) provides an opportunity for F-1 visa holders to gain up to one year of experience in their field of study during their annual summer vacation, while school is in session (if training does not exceed 20 hours per week), and/or after graduation. Most students choose to save OPT until after graduation. A job offer is not required to apply for OPT. Students may apply before graduation or within the sixty (60) day grace period following graduation.