What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
Optional Practical Training is an F-1 student benefit granted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permission to work in a job related to your major area of study. It is meant to supplement your academic experience with practical experience.
Who is eligible for OPT?
To be eligible for OPT, you must document that:
When should I apply for OPT?
It is recommended that you apply for OPT 90 days prior to the program completion date listed on your current I-20 form. It could take as long as 3 months for your application to be processed. YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR OPT AFTER your graduation date has passed.
How do I apply for OPT?
What do I send to the servicing center to apply for my EAD card?
It is recommended that you refer to the following PDF on Passport and VISA photo guidelines located at the U.S. Department of State website to ensure your photos are done properly.
Application fee of $180 USD. Send a check or money order payable to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001
If you are using a return address that is NOT within New York State, please refer to www.uscis.gov as you may be under the jurisdiction of a different servicing center.
Importand items to note:
YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE YOUR APPLICATION IS FILED CORRECTLY AND ON TIME. THIS IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ADVISOR.
For more information on OPT visit www.uscis.gov.