OPT for F-1 Students

What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

OPT is temporary work authorization.  Most students use OPT to authorize work after completing an academic degree.

There are three types of OPT:

Next steps

The OISS is implementing a new software system as of March 15, 2019. All requests will be processed through the new portal. If you are applying for CPT for Spring or Summer 2019, you will use the portal. Watch your email for information on how to access the portal. We will accept paper requests through April 1, 2019.


Read about the specifics of the various OPT options, including additional requirements and detailed application instructions

OPT workshops + presentations

  • Visit the OISS event calendar and watch the weekly OISS newsletter for our upcoming OPT workshops
  • View our OPT presentation: coming soon!

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