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 Pre-Completion OPT?

Pre-Completion OPT, a type of Optional Practical Training (OPT), is work authorization issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that permits F-1 students to work off-campus during their degree program.  On OPT, all work needs to be directly related to your major/s.  

You may also be interested in: Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which is another (generally more preferable) form of US work authorization.  CPT is available to Amherst College students planning to engage in US-based internships during the summer.

Please note that these resources are intended for general informational purposes only and are not legal advice.  It is your responsibility to review and follow all official instructions provided by USCIS