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INITIAL 12-MONTH OPT

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of employment authorization for F-1 students. It is an opportunity to pursue a 12-month period of work experience in your major field of study. The authorization can be used for a paid position located on-campus or off-campus. Review all information below to understand how to apply for OPT and how it may affect your visa status.


START AND MAINTAIN YOUR OPT:

STAGE 1

Request OPT I-20 from ISPO

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STAGE 2

Mail OPT Application to USCIS

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STAGE 3

Maintain F-1 Status When on OPT

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: