Reminder: OPT I-20 Needed

Do not submit your OPT application to USCIS without first obtaining an OPT recommendation I-20 from the OIS.

What is OPT?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is F-1 employment authorization for off-campus work that is directly related to your major field of study.

If you want to work off-campus as an F-1 student, you must be eligible and apply for work authorization.  One form of work authorization for F-1 students is OPT.  OPT requires an application to and approval from the USCIS. You cannot begin working on OPT until you receive your approval from USCIS in the form of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and it is within the dates listed on that EAD.