OPT (Optional Practical Training)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work for at most one year on a student visa towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies. F-1 students are usually permitted a total of 12 months of practical training.

OPT Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility for OPT:

  • All SU students (any major)
  • Be in good academic standing (no academic probation) from previous quarter.
  • Be in good financial standing (no unpaid tuition debt) from previous quarter(s).
  • Need to apply in the beginning of your last quarter because OPT begins after you complete your program.

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