Optional Practical Training (OPT) (F-1)

Your F-1 student status allows up to one full-year (12 months) of off-campus employment authorization for each higher level of college/university education completed, in order to gain practical experience related to your major field of study. This year of U.S. work permission is called Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Students in certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors, may qualify for a 24-month extension of OPT. Eligibility for a STEM OPT, as well as the application process, and the requirements for STEM OPT employment, are different than those outlined below for OPT.