Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is defined in the regulations as "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study."

The ISO offers several OPT workshops per year. The workshops are presented by ISO advisors specially trained in employment authorization options for non-immigrants. Students do not have to be eligible for either OPT or CPT to attend workshops.

Optional Practical Training Guidelines
Explains the process of applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), including sample texts.

Dates and locations for OPT workshops will be announced via email blast.