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Optional Practical Training

What is Optional Practical Training?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary employment benefit contained in the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations governing the F-1 visa category.  Students who have maintained their status will have an opportunity to obtain work experience directly related to their major area of study in order to enhance their educational experience in the United States.  Three kinds of OPT are available: Pre-completion OPT; Post-completion OPT; and OPT extension for certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree holders.  There is a maximum total period of 12 months of OPT (Pre and Post) per educational level.  A student becomes eligible for another 12 months of OPT when they complete the program of study in a higher educational level.

 

Upcoming OPT Information and Application Workshop Dates:

TBA

 

OPT Information and Application Workshop Slides

OPT Extension Information, Updates and Application Slides

OPT FAQs

How to Check the Status of Your OPT Application

Companies Who Sponsor H1-B Visas

 

Application Packets:

Post-Completion OPT

OPT Extension (STEM Majors)

Pre-Completion OPT

 

Resources for Employers and Academic Advisors

Sample - Advisor's Verification Letter

Documentation of OPT Approval and Tax Information for Employers

Continuation of Employment While Waiting for OPT Extension Approval

OPT Extension Considerations for Students and Employers

STEM OPT Hub - Comprehensive Information Regarding OPT Extension Process

Update to Form I-983: Employer Reporting Form AND Form I-983

 

Resources for Individuals Currently on Post-Completion OPT

Information for Continued Enrollment at UW while on OPT

Tips and Requirements for Post-Completion OPT

List of STEM-Approved Majors

OPT Extension Responsibilities for Students and Employers

Cap Gap Extension Request Form

Report: Update Your Contact Information - address, phone, and email

Report: Update Employment - new employment, employer update, end of employment, or leaving the US / terminating OPT early

 

Resources for Individuals Currently on OPT 24-month Extension (STEM)

Information for Continued Enrollment at UW while on OPT

Tips and Requirements for OPT Extension

OPT Extension Responsibilities for Students and Employers

Cap Gap Extension Request Form

Report: Update Your Contact Information - address, phone, and email

Report: Update Employment - end of employment, or leaving the US / terminating OPT early

*Remind your employer to complete the Employer Reporting Form (found under "Resources for Employers and Academic Advisors") and submit it to ISS within 5 days of your last date of employment.

Report: Provide Your 6-Month Update - due within 10 days of your 6th and 18th month

Report: One Year Self-Evaluation Form - due within 10 days of the end of your 12th month.  Form must be signed by your employer and emailed to ISS.

Report: Final Self-Evaluation Form - due within 10 days of the end of your 24th month, or at the end of employment if you quit or change jobs.  Form must be signed by your employer and emailed to ISS.

 

*If survey is not accessible, please report this to ISS right away.


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