Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Process

Students applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) may use this guide when preparing an OPT application. According to the Form I-765 instructions, students must be physically present in the U.S. in order to submit an application to USCIS. 

Please note: Do not begin your application with USCIS until you receive the OPT Form I-20 from the ISSO. Filing prior to obtaining the OPT Form I-20 will lead to the denial of your petition.