International Student Services Forms
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training is a temporary employment authorization, which allows F-1 students to engage in off-campus employment related to their field of study.
- Download more information on how to apply. Go to File/Save As in your browser to save the form to your desktop so that you may retain changes and email the form to others.
- Complete the OPT Request Form. Bring this form, your completed Form I-765, your check or money order, two passport-style photos, your letter from your academic advisor, and copies of your I-94 Form (front and back), passport identity pages, photo page, passport validity date pages, and renewal (if original has expired), passport visa page, all previous I-20 Forms, and if you have one, a previous Employment Authorization Card.
- United States Immigration and Citizenship Services Forms
Please read the instructions carefully before completing the form. Each OPT application eligibility code that could be inserted as the answer to Question 16 of this form is different. Answering this question correctly is critical.
An incorrect eligibility code will result in delay of your OPT application. Go to File/Save As in your browser to save the form to your desktop so that you may retain changes and email the form to others.
Students in specific STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) may be able to apply for an OPT extension. Please speak with an international advisor for more information.
This helpful handout explains how to apply for an extension.
This is a list of all STEM-eligible majors for a 17-month extension.
Sample employer's letter for STEM-extension application.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations specify that duration of status (D/S) and any post-completion OPT work authorization will be extended for an F-1 student who is the beneficiary of a timely filed H-1B petition. Download this handout for more information on Cap-Gap extensions. Go to File/Save As in your browser to save the form to your desktop so that you may retain changes and email the form to others.