Optional Practical Training (OPT) is for F-1 visa holders only. OPT is a benefit, not a right. It is an opportunity to gain temporary work experience in a field directly related to your academic major. The OISA recommends OPT, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must adjudicate it. To be eligible, you must be in “good standing” with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and you must have been enrolled full time for the previous academic year (*with the exception of pre-approved short course load options). You are eligible for a total of 12 months of OPT per degree. Individuals who have majored in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) are eligible for an additional 17 months of OPT, and this extension is applied for in conjunction with their employer. More information.
Employment through OPT is limited to positions that are related to your major field of study and your degree level (Bachelor’s). You may not begin employment until you have received your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and employment is allowed only within the period of authorized dates on the EAD.
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