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Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary employment authorization for F-1 students directly related to their major fields of study. Students are eligible for 12 months of OPT per degree level. Students holding certain science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree may be eligible for an additional 24 months of OPT. OPT is authorized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but recommended by OISSS. The following are OPT types: