Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment option available to students in F-1 status to gain practical experience in their major field(s) of study.

The USCIS website has detailed information about OPT including eligibility and responsibilities for students.

There are three types of OPT:

Post-Completion OPT Process

Travel on OPT

Students on OPT are still in F-1 status and must continue to be aware of F-1 regulations regarding maintenance of status.

If you plan to travel while you are on OPT, you will need a valid F-1 visa to return to the U.S. See our section on visa renewal if your visa needs to be renewed. You can refer to our list of Documents Required for Re-entry to the U.S. and you can see more detailed information on travel while on OPT below.