Optional Practical Training (OPT)
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F-1 students studying at colleges, universities, conservatories, or seminaries level may qualify for practical training, which allows them to engage in temporary employment to gain practical experience in his or her field of study.
In order to be eligible for OPT, student must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at a DHS-approved school for one full academic year.
Optional practical training is available both before and after completion of the educational objective, but different rules apply to pre- and post- completion OPT.
Students in English language training programs are not eligible for OPT. OPT must be “directly related to the student’s major area of study.”