Optional Practical Training F-1 OPT

Optional Practical Training, or OPT, is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience in the U.S., complementary to the academic program. Please note:

The OPT application must be received by USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) within 30 days of the date that ISSS issues the OPT I-20. If filed with USCIS after 30 days of the OPT I-20 issuance date, your application will be denied.

View a Recording of a Recent ISSS OPT Webinar (Recorded 1/31/2023) 


To begin the OPT process, follow the instructions below:

    The OPT Process
    Read the F-1 OPT Overview

    The overview consists of:

    • Eligibility

    • Types of OPT

    • Mandatory Online Tutorial for Post-Completion OPT

    • SEVP Policy Guidance

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    Submit your OPT I-20 request form in iPenn.
    Submit Application to USCIS

    Within 30 days of receiving your I-20, submit your Application to USCIS. Learn more about this application.

    Follow the Reporting Requirements

    F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Overview