OPT Employment

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain actual employment experience in your current major field of study for a maximum of one year, per higher degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate), during your F-1 status.  The purpose is to “round off” or complement your academic work.

Video Sessions: 12 Month OPT

To start the process for 12 month OPT, view the video instructions in the links below. Note each link leads to a video gallery with information on each of the three topics.

Application Content

To view instructions and application check list, please go to the following websites!

STEM OPT Video and Quiz

Before applying for 24 month STEM OPT, view the entire STEM OPT Extension Video and then take the quiz.

17 Month STEM OPT Discontinued

Be advised that 17 month STEM OPT extension rule ended on May 9, 2016. Students can not longer apply for this.