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 their 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 complete all degree requirements within the 12-month OPT.

If you plan to work on or off-campus in your field of study after your academic end date in any employment, including postdoctoral training, you must receive the OPT employment authorization. 

OPT processing and approval through USCIS can take 90-150 days. Apply early and plan accordingly.

Got Questions about Option Practical Training (OPT)? 

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