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Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status can gain practical work experience to complement their field of studies. Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Define the various types of OPT
  • Explain the 90-60-30 day rule
  • Describe the OPT application process
  • Compile and mail your USCIS application package
  • Update your employment information once your employment authorization document (EAD) is received
  • Describe procedures necessary for traveling outside the U.S. while on OPT


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