Post-Completion Optional Practical Training - OPT

International students should visit the ISO to determine eligibility for OPT. Following are general eligibility requirements.

International students are eligible to request OPT Employment Authorization during the last semester of their education. The process takes approximately three (3) months to complete and costs $410 (fees are subject to change without notice). Students who begin the process at the beginning of their last semester will most likely be eligible to begin working as soon as the semester is completed.

To Request OPT authorization:

  • Students may request OPT authorization 90 days prior to the completion of their program. (Students cannot apply more than 90 days prior to the end of their program).
  • Students must apply and be approved for graduation pending successful completion of remaining courses. The OPT form will have to be signed by your Academic Advisor
  • Instructions on how to apply for OPT are available in the ISO. Please refer to those instructions.
  • Students who complete the process and receive their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card, but do not successfully complete their degree requirements, will be able to work OPT part-time and return to school to complete the course work.
  • Students may apply for OPT up to 60 days after completion of their program but not more than 90 days prior to completion.

After OPT Employment Authorization is granted:

  • Students must present their EAD Card to the ISO. A new I-20 will be printed with OPT Approved
  • Students must report employment information through the SEVP Portal.
  • Students must report any changes in name or address to the ISO within 10 days.

For complete information please visit the International Student Office.