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F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Processing time: 2-3 business days

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) 

Processing time: 2-3 business days

Prior to your application and consulting an IPO advisor, please take a few minutes to review the IPO OPT Workshop PowerPoint presentation. Once you are ready to begin, click for the F1 OPT application.

Check your OPT case status here.

Contact Ken Reade for F1 OPT STEM 24-Month Extension Information USCIS recommends that you file for the STEM OPT extension as early as 90-days PRIOR TO YOUR CURRENT OPT END DATE. All applications must be received by USCIS before the ending date of your current 12-months of initial OPT. Additional information and updates on STEM OPT can be found at the Study in the States website (US government site). For students or faculty who wish to inquire further about whether a particular UMass academic degree program may be reconsidered to become STEM OPT eligible, please see the following Office of Institutional Research link. IPO does not control the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code designations at UMass.

F-1 OPT regulations require that all students on OPT update their residential address as well as their employer information with the IPO at all times. Failure to do so may result in the loss of your F-1 immigration status. Submit the F1 OPT Address Information Form to report any changes.