Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of temporary employment authorization for F-1 students to allow them to engage in employment/training in their major field of study in the U.S. Do not submit an application for OPT to USCIS without thoroughly reading the instructions for the type of OPT you are applying for first, you cannot submit an application to USCIS without a new OPT I-20 issued by the ISSS office.

Please review the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

There are three different types of OPT a student can apply for (pre-completion, post-completion, and STEM extension). 

For more information about each type of employment, please see the links below: