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


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