International Programs and Services

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment authorization that allows an F-1 student to work in a position directly related to his or her field of study after completion of academic studies.

Students are eligible to finish a thesis or dissertation while on 12-month OPT as long as the Graduate School and academic advisor agree. Students must finish all degree requirements within the 12-month OPT.

Use this form to report employer changes: 12 Month OPT Employer Form

Use this form to report unemployment ONLY if you do not have another employer, note you will not recieve a new I-20 until you get a new employer: OPT Unemployment Form