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.

This recording will introduce you to the basics of OPT, including application timelines, eligibility, types of employment on OPT, and more.

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