Initial 12 Month OPT Application
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit of F-1 student immigration status and provides for an initial 12-months of off-campus work authorization in their field of study in the United States for international students who have been enrolled full-time for a minimum of one academic year (considered to be 9-months or two full semesters).
- F-1 students are eligible for a total of 12-months of OPT per educational level (BA/BS to MS/MA to Ph.D). If you previously applied for OPT for a “lower” academic level, you are eligible to apply for additional OPT if you have completed a “higher” academic degree (i.e. Master’s or Ph.D.)
- Any authorized Pre-completion OPT at the same academic level will be subtracted from any remaining 12-month eligibility for Post-completion OPT. For example, if you used 3-months of Pre-completion OPT for a summer internship, you will only have 9-months remaining for Post-completion OPT
- 12-months or more of previous FULL-TIME Curricular Practical Training (CPT) at the same academic level will eliminate any OPT eligibility
- OPT is automatically terminated when a student transfers their SEVIS record to another institution to begin a new program.
A list of Documents that you will need to collect upon receipt of your OPT endorsed I-20 (prepared by IPO) is available on slide 11 of the OPT presentation.
NOTE – You will need to have a completed I-765 form prior to accessing this form.
Additional detailed information, including mailing instructions, for the submission of your OPT application to USCIS will be provided once an IPO advisor has issued your OPT I-20 and reviewed your application.